The Voice Tree – Isolationism (Official Music Video)

The Voice Tree – Isolationism (Official Music Video)


Everyday, we wait for something more. Consumed by desire, right to the core. Corrupted peace, how should I react? Just climb into the mountains, and never come back. Even in peacetime, we always have to fight. Can’t uproot the seed of greed; we’re always right. Corrupted peace, how should I react? Just climb into the mountains, and never come back. The need to compete, embedded in our hearts. And we are righteous, we’re taught that from the start. Corrupted peace, how should we react? Just climb into the mountains, and never come back. Break the ties, to our lies. Lies are always in disguise. Break the ties, to our lies. Lies are always in disguise. Break the ties, to our lies. Lies are always in disguise. Break the ties, to our lies. We’ll climb into the mountains, and never come back.

15 Top Selling Digital Music Artists!

15 Top Selling Digital Music Artists!


Hello, everyone! It’s Samantha! From the King of Pop to Mother Monster, here
are the Top Selling Digital Music Artists! 15. The Weeknd So far, the Weeknd has sold about forty-two
million digital units, which includes downloads, streams, and all other technological platforms. This artist’s real name is Abel Makkonen
Tesfaye, but we can see how “The Weeknd” rolls off the tongue a little easier. He was born in Canada in 1990. The Weeknd released his first mixtape in 2011,
titled House of Balloons. While touring Toronto, he met Drake and began
opening for the artist during his performances at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. His debut studio album, Kiss Land, came out
in 2013. His second record was released in 2015, titled
Beauty Behind the Madness; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Starboy dropped the next year, and its title
song reached number one and platinum status quickly in the United States. So far, The Weeknd has taken home three Grammys
for his work. 14. Michael Jackson One of the most iconic artists in history,
Michael Jackson, is still a force in the music industry even after his passing in June 2009. He is only behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles
as best-selling music artist of all time and sold over three hundred fifty million records
internationally. Jackson also received the most awards out
of any artist in popular music history. Plus, he was inducted into the Dance Hall
of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times. So, it probably isn’t too surprising that
he’s still competing with the best of them in the digital sales, at forty-two million
units sold. Jackson continues to influence musicians everywhere. 13. Flo Rida Also known as Tramar Lacel Dillard, this star
was born in… you guessed it… Florida! He has sold over forty-nine million digital
singles throughout his career but has yet to win a Grammy. You might not have known that Flo Rida has
seven sisters, and the youngest is his twin. He started out in the group GroundHoggz in
ninth grade. But, it wasn’t until 2008 that he released
his solo debut album, Mail on Sunday. His other records include Only One Flo (Part
1) and Wild Ones. Flo Rida also came out with the EP My House
in 2015, which made it to the number eight spot on the Billboard Hot 100. 12. Chris Brown This one-time Grammy winner was born in Virginia
in 1989. He started out singing and dancing as a child
and performed at his church and various talent shows. Brown was discovered at the age of thirteen
by Hitmission Records, and he signed with Jive Records in 2004. His self-titled debut album came out in 2005
at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Brown also dabbled in acting and made an appearance
in The O.C. as a band geek. His first film role was in Stomp the Yard
in 2007, and he released Exclusive that same year. His other records include Fortune, X, and
Heartbreak on a Full Moon. Brown has sold around fifty million digital
units to date. Unfortunately, he hasn’t always gained attention
for his success in the industry. Most recently, Chris is in trouble for owning
a monkey named Fiji with no permit. 11. Ed Sheeran Sheeran has sold around fifty-seven million
digital singles according to the RIAA and is a four-time Grammy winner. This twenty-seven-year-old artist was born
in England. He started recording his music in 2004 and
released his first project, Spinning Man, that year. But, it wasn’t until he released “The
A Team” in 2011 that he garnered an immense amount of recognition. It was the lead single of his debut studio
album, + , which dropped in September of the same year. His second record, x , came out in June 2014,
which reached number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. It also made him New Zealand’s, the UK’s,
and Ireland’s best selling iTunes artist. You might not have known that Sheeran has
written songs for other artists as well, including “Love Yourself” for Justin Bieber in 2015. After taking a year off from work and social
media, he announced the release of his third album, ÷ . It dropped in March 2017, and
it debuted at the top of the charts in the United States, UK, Australia, Germany, and
Canada. 10. Lady Gaga This superstar got her start with her 2008
album The Fame. Two singles from the record, “Poker Face”
and “Just Dance,” topped the charts in the United States. The former became 2009’s best-selling single. In 2011, Lady Gaga put out Born This Way,
and the title track earned the Guinness World Record for “fasted selling single on iTunes,”
with over one million sales in five days. Her other records include Artpop, Cheek to
Cheek, and Joanne. Plus, Gaga has become a successful actress. She starred in the fifth season of American
Horror Story as the owner of the hotel, Elizabeth and took home a Golden Globe for “Best Actress
in a Miniseries or Television Film.” Lady Gaga also took a role in American Horror
Story: Roanoke as the witch Scathach. More recently, she played Ally in A Star Is
Born alongside Bradley Cooper. She has taken home six Grammy Awards for her
work so far and sold approximately sixty-one million digital units. 9. Bruno Mars You probably didn’t know that this star
was only four years old when he joined his family’s music group, The Love Notes, and
spent five days a week performing with them. Bruno became known as “Little Elvis” around
his hometown of Honolulu because he would impersonate the late singer. But, it wasn’t until 2010 when Bruno was
twenty-five that he released his first EP, It’s Better If You Don’t Understand. He released his first studio album the same
year, titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans. His other two records are called Unorthodox
Jukebox and 24K Magic. Bruno Mars has won a total of eleven Grammys
so far and has sold over sixty-one million digital singles. 8. Maroon 5 This group originally formed in 1994 as Kara’s
Flowers, but came together as Maroon 5 in 2001 after adding their lead guitarist, James
Valentine. They released Songs About Jane, their debut
studio album, in 2002, which peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold
over ten million copies internationally. They didn’t release their next record until
2007 after their original drummer, Ryan, left the band due to medical issues. This album sold four hundred thirty thousand
copies its first week out. Their newest album is Red Pill Blues, and
one of its singles, “Girls Like You,” was at number one for seven weeks in a row
on the Billboard Hot 100. Maroon 5 has sold around sixty-seven million
digital units total. 7. Kanye West There is no denying this guy’s talent, and
he’s been proving himself since started out in 1996. Kanye Omari West was born in Atlanta in 1977. He initially got credit by producing eight
songs on the rapper Grav’s Down to Earth album. But, it was in 2000 that he began producing
for Roc-A-Fella Records’ artists and got his big break. However, he aspired to be a rapper, and after
his involvement in a near-fatal car accident, he released “Through The Wire” in 2003,
the lead single from his 2004 debut album, The College Dropout. The record eventually reached triple platinum
status. Since then, West’s success has been proven
time and time again through his other albums, including 808s & Heartbreak, Yeezus, The Life
of Pablo, and Ye. He is a twenty-one-time Grammy winner and
has sold sixty-eight million digital units. 6. Justin Bieber This heartthrob was born in Ontario in 1994
and got his start in music early-on when he was just thirteen years old. After being discovered by Scooter Braun, who
worked for So So Def Recordings, he signed with Island Records in 2008 and moved to Atlanta,
Georgia with his mother to further his career. Bieber released the My World EP in 2009, and
it was eventually platinum certified in the United States. His debut studio album, My World 2.0, came
out in March 2010 at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart. Bieber’s other records include 2012’s
Believe and 2015’s Purpose. Plus, this talented artist has sold over sixty-nine
million digital units, according to the RIAA. Bieber has one Grammy for “Best Dance Recording”
for the Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now.” 5. Katy Perry Born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in 1984, she
began performing at church at the age of nine until she was seventeen. In March 2001, she put out her first album,
a gospel work called Katy Hudson. However, the record only sold about two hundred
copies. She didn’t release her second studio album
until 2008, which is titled One of the Boys. The lead single from the record was “I Kissed
a Girl,” which garnered Perry a lot of attention. Many people believed the song was about Scarlett
Johansson, but Katy noted it was about a girl she met at seventeen. Whatever the case, she has sold a total of
ninety-nine million digital units so far. More recently, she’s gained recognition
by judging alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on the American Idol reboot. Surprisingly, Perry has yet to win a Grammy. 4. Eminem Eminem, also known as Marshall Mathers III,
was born in 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. When he was a kid, his mom traveled between
his home state and Michigan; so, he spent most of his childhood and teenage years in
a neighborhood in Detroit. Many of the kids on their block bullied and
beat him up because he and his mother were one of the three white families in the area. Eminem began rapping at just fourteen years
old, but it wasn’t until 1996 that he released his first studio album titled Infinite. His debut record wasn’t very successful;
he started gaining recognition with the Slim Shady EP, especially after it ended up with
the Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine. He played it for Dr. Dre, who became immediately
interested. After signing with the label, Eminem released
The Slim Shady LP in 1999, and it quickly became one of the most popular albums, gaining
triple platinum status by the time 2000 rolled around. Since then, he has put out numerous chart-topping
records, including Encore, Recovery, and Kamikaze. Eminem has won fifteen Grammys throughout
his career so far. 3. Taylor Swift At one hundred twenty million digital units
sold, Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with, and she was born in Reading, Pennsylvania
in 1989. Her self-titled debut album dropped in October
2006. Since then, she’s released several more,
including Fearless, Speak Now, and Reputation. Over the course of her career, she switched
genres from country to pop, citing 1989 as her first pop record. Swift has taken home ten Grammy Awards for
her work. But, she’s dabbled in acting as well. Did you know that T-Swift made her acting
debut in an episode of CSI in 2009? She also played Felicia in 2010’s Valentine’s
Day and voiced Audrey in The Lorax in 2012. 2. Rihanna Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Saint Michael,
Barbados and has remained one of the most sought-after artists since she stepped onto
the scene in 2003. It was during that year that she caught the
attention of Evan Rogers, a record producer, after auditioning for him with two of her
friends. Her debut single, “Pon de Replay,” was
released in May 2005, and her first studio album, Music of the Sun, came out three months
later. As of today, she has sold one hundred twenty-five
million digital units and is a nine-time Grammy winner. Rihanna hasn’t only been successful in music,
however. She is also a businesswoman and fashionista
who has made her mark in the worlds of cosmetics and lingerie. Her makeup line is called Fenty Beauty, which
launched in 2017. Her products are made for people of all skin
colors, and TIME magazine named her brand one of “The 25 Best Inventions of 2017.” Rihanna also has a lingerie line called Savage
X Fenty, which was revealed during New York Fashion Week in September 2018. 1. Drake This artist is currently the best selling
concerning digital music with around one hundred forty-two million units sold. He was born in Toronto in October 1986, and
his full name is Aubrey Drake Graham. He started his career out as an actor when
he was fifteen years old in Degrassi: The Next Generation, an angsty teenage drama series. Drake didn’t release his first studio album
until June 2010 titled Thank Me Later. His other records include Nothing Was the
Same and Scorpion. The latter broke numerous streaming records
and contains the chart-topping singles “God’s Plan” and “In My Feelings.” He is also a three-time Grammy winner. Today’s featured comment is from Alexander
on our “The Truth About Nicki Minaj” video. Thanks for the comment, Alexander! Don’t forget to leave your comments below
and we might feature you in a future video!

Me Singing – One Last Time by Ariana Grande – J.Fla cover

Me Singing – One Last Time by Ariana Grande – J.Fla cover


I was a liar
I gave into the fire I know I should’ve fought it
At least I’m being honest Feel like a failure
Cause I know that I failed you I should’ve done you better
Cause you don’t want a liar And I know, and I know, and I know She gives you everything but boy I couldn’t give it to you And I know, and I know, and I know That you got everything
but I got nothing here without you So one last time I need to be the one who, takes you home One more time I promise after that, I’ll let you go Baby I don’t care if you got her in your heart All I really care is you wake up in my arms One last time I need to be the one who takes you home I dont deserve it
I know I don’t deserve it But stay with me a minute
I’ll swear I’ll make it worth it Can’t you forgive me
At least just temporarily I know that this is my fault
I should have been more careful And I know, and I know, and I know She gives you everything but boy I couldn’t give it to you And I know, and I know, and I know That you got everything
but I got nothing here without you So one last time I need to be the one who takes you home One more time I promise after that, I’ll let you go Baby I don’t care if you got hurt if your heart All I really care is you wake up in my arms One last time I need to be the one who takes you home

Deanna Brown & Hannah Karp Opening Speech | Women in Music

Deanna Brown & Hannah Karp Opening Speech | Women in Music


– Hello. – [Audience Member] Hey. – Hey? (clapping) Hey guys. Welcome to Billboard’s Women in Music. We’re so excited about tonight and grateful to have you
all here to celebrate. We have a range of performances from some of the best
artists in the business while recognizing a group of diverse and really powerful women, who have fundamentally changed and shaped the music industry. It’s fitting that this would
be the stand out year for us because it’s been a stand out
year for Billboard as well. This year for the first
time in Billboards history, the brand has a female president and a female editorial director. (applause and cheering) I’m also so proud of the perspective and focus that Hannah
and her team have brought to this organization
and to the publication and to the brand. This has been a year of taking
stock, pushing boundaries and making Billboard an
integral part of the industry. I wanna, I get the honor
of thanking our sponsors, including our presenting
sponsor, YouTube Music. (applause) We’re really excited
about the live streaming and incredible show you’re about to see. I’d also like to thank the other sponsors, our friends at Honda, American Express, Bumble Bizz, Patron, Live Nation, Women Nation,
(applause) Figi And JNSQ, for their support. (applause) Hannah… – Before I introduce tonight’s host, I wanted to salute the 18 people on The Recording Academy’s task force. Many of whom are in this room tonight. For a whole year, these
dedicated individuals, invested serious time and effort studying how to bring
much needed diversity and inclusion to the music industry. And today they were
finally able to publish their strategic recommendations. The problems that they
discovered were not pretty. But making their report public was a really important first step and kudos to the Academy’s
new CEO, Deb Dugan, (applause) who’s leading the charge to address the task forces findings.

Alanis Morissette Accepts The Icon Award | Women In Music

Alanis Morissette Accepts The Icon Award | Women In Music


– Hi. (applause) So when this incredible
honor was run past me, the first thing I said was,
“I can’t, I’m Canadian. “I can’t go accept an Icon Award.” You know, I’m also
Canadian, so I said yes. And I quickly Googled the word ‘icon’. A painting of Jesus Christ. (audience laughs) And another holy figure. Okay, I can’t go, I can’t go. A person or thing regarded
as a representative or a symbol of something. That I can get behind. There were a few others, but. I can get behind the symbol of something. And I remember in the early 90s, a lot of people asked me, “do you feel responsible? “You’re in front of so many people, “You’re around this planet singing “your god damned guts out every night. “Do you feel responsible for people?” And I was so beleaguered
and daunted of all of this that I said, “no, I don’t.” I’m barely responsible for my own self. As time went on and fame
didn’t wind up being the thing that I thought it would be. I was sold the bill of goods that perhaps some of us have been sold. I thought I would be
sitting around a fireplace or a campfire with Sharon Stone (audience laughs)
and Johnny Depp. And just a lot of people petting my head and we’d be singing Kumbaya. But that wound up not being the case. And it was a slightly
isolating experience. Fame is a very strange thing. It creates a social
context that is not normal. It’s not normal. I was a watcher. My whole life I was an observer of humans. I loved the human condition. So all of a sudden, everyone’s
eyeballs turned toward me. And the irony, the real irony,
is that I loved performing, but I was really, really
terrified to perform and didn’t like it at all. So my temperament, a lot of people talk about
bravery and so much courage to be a woman in music and empowerment and, while I will always stand by that, I just want to salute the women
who continue to go to work, who are really, really sensitive
and terrified and still go. (applause) That’s me. I also want to acknowledge
all the women that inspired me to sing in the first place. Everyone from Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney
Houston, Olivia Newton-John, Carol King, Annie Lennox. So many women. Some of whom I even reached
out to during the wildness of the late 90s. And a lot of them said, “what
are you calling me for?” I said, “well there’s no
handbook, I need your help.” And they said, “oh, you’ll be fine.” So I imploded. And I figure people in the
public eye either explode or they implode or they
just stir extroverts. So if you’re an extrovert, this is normal. I am not, although I
can ham it up, for sure. And I really wanted to be
friends with all these artists who were touring at the same time as me. But as Taylor mentioned,
it was an unusual time of me playing with a lot of
different gentleman bands. And it was challenging
because if there was not going to be any sex or
any romantic interaction, then they didn’t know what to do with me. So they ignored me backstage. And I know a lot of the
other women that we around me were just holding it together, as well, and we were all just kind
of keeping our eyes down. Just to kinda survive it at the time. And just want to
acknowledge all the artists, all the female executives
and producers and mixers and designers, masters. My mouth is so dry. Does anyone have any water? (audience laughs)
I need water. Okay. Anybody. My husband. (applause) I just had a baby like ten minutes ago. (applause) So I have to acknowledge my husband because I could not do what I’m doing and be able to unschool
and have the amazing family that we have together without you. And none of this is
possible without support, specifically from my partner. And we’ve talked a great length about the idea that feminism and the feminist movement itself is a feminine movement. So yes, it’s about all genders. It’s about the femininity within us all. And the qualities of the
feminine, of being vulnerable, of being scared and still
standing up and speaking, of doing what so many of the
amazing, incredible women who are here tonight have done and continue to do
tirelessly, quietly, often. I think that’s why it’s so exciting to me to be perhaps known as being
vulnerable as an artist. ‘Cause the more vulnerable I
am, the more empowered I feel. I just feel like there’s less to have to, less of a lie to have to live up to, even though I’m scared as anyone else is. Then there was this one-dimensionalizing that would happen a lot. This reduction, like this
girl, Alanis, is one thing. She’s really, really angry. Okay. Okay, then a few years
later she’s very spiritual. Okay. And it just kept going. Then I was quirky. Then I was really dumb
because of a malapropism. Then I was also, “isn’t she, like, 90?” I was called an elephant man. I was loved and ignored
and adored and hated and then I was considered really hip and then totally irrelevant and then totally relevant again. And then I was considered a
boss and then a podcaster. And these roles and archetypes
are within all of us, all of the women in the room here and all the women that I’ve worked with, everyone at my table. I just feel like these
are all parts of us. And there was a period
of time where I was told I could only be one thing. I had to stay in my lane, so to speak. And so I wanted to direct a
video for a song called So Pure and I was really excited about it. And a few people at the
record company said, “you can’t do that. “That’ll be a career-killer for you.” So the best part of evolution, in terms of the industry for me, is that now, the multitudinous
aspect of all of us women in the room is being welcomed that we can be feminine and masculine. We can be scared and brazen. We can be articulate and just exhausted. To be a woman is to
have diffuse awareness, so multitasking we can do in our sleep. But a little worried about our bodies. Because we are taking on so much and yet we’re still doing
so much of the conventional, stereotypical things
that women typically do on top of all the things that
we now know that we can do and we don’t have to apologize for. Okay, I have to take a sip, sorry. I’m just really happy that this is a time where young women
performers can do all things without being shamed for who they are and they can dress, we
can dress any way we want, we can speak anyway we want, and we’ve always been able to, but now we do it without
public shaming to some degree. And my dad told me when I
was really little, he said, “there’s three ways people
will feel about you, “no matter what you do. “One is that people will
love you and adore you. “The other option is that
people will hate you. “And the other option is
that they won’t give a shit.” So he said, “just keep
doing whatever you’re doing, “because no matter what you do, “those are the three responses.” So, thanks, Dad.
(applause) So thank you for this. Thank you for walking alongside
me over the last many years. It’s such a heady time right now. A lot of culmination happening. Working collaboratively, I think
part of one of the greatest feminine qualities is the
ability to work really well in a team setting and collaboratively. And it’s just been a joy to do
that more and more and more. Thank you, patriarchy for
crumbling and falling. (audience laughs)
(applause) Thank you to the brazen
and the tender artists for continuing to be
self-expressed in an industry that once wanted to hold you up and then just as easily
and just as quickly turn away from you. To my younger self and to all women, I would say, “keep
going, keep chronicling, “keep expressing, keep asking for help, “keep working together,
keep setting boundaries, “keep showing up, take naps when you can, “and restore when you can.” And thank you so much. This is really an honor to receive. Thank you. (applause)

Lauren Jauregui Discusses the Importance of Self-Love | Women In Music

Lauren Jauregui Discusses the Importance of Self-Love | Women In Music


(electronic music) – My advice to women struggling to find their self-worth is to look within themselves, acknowledge the beautiful resilience of having gotten through whatever it was that caused them to lose their sense of self-worth in the first place. The fact that you’re still here and you’re still thriving and your essence is beautiful and what your face looks like and your body looks like is just a default setting of what it means to be alive and to be a woman. Look within yourself for that light that is existent, is in
there, and you do have it. And no one else can give
that to you but yourself. (electronic music) They greatest piece of
wisdom I’ve received from a woman in my life would probably be to center self-love in practice in life and to make that be
who I fall in love with the most, and stay in love
with throughout my life.

Gail Mitchell Shares The Origins of Women in Music & Pushing for Representation | Women in Music

Gail Mitchell Shares The Origins of Women in Music & Pushing for Representation | Women in Music


– Billboard’s own Executive
Director of R&B and hip-hop, Gail Mitchell. – Hey girl, how’s it going? – It’s going amazing! Thank you so much. We’re so happy to have your here. – I’m so excited to be here. Everything looks so gorgeous. – So, the viewers are
really curious to know, how did the Women in Music
Awards even get started? – Well, we started it in 2005. We thought that women, the female leaders in every sector of the music
industry were long overdue in terms of being recognized. So, that first year, 2005,
we honored Judy McGrath, Chief Executive at MTV networks. And then in 2007, we added
the female artist component. So, Female Artist of the Year, which we now call Woman of the Year. And the inaugural honoree that year, 2007, was Reba McEntire. So, over the last 14 years, we’ve honored more than
120 women each year: industry veterans, current female executives,
and next generation talent. – And, I know for a fact that this year we have a whopping 155 honorees. – Which shows you we’re
making a lot of progress, a lot of progress, yes. – And so, what are some
of the, I guess obstacles that you think women in the music industry are facing today? – Well, still, despite
all the positive sides, going over the last couple of years, there’s still the idea
that there’s only room for one woman at a table or in
the C-suite, which is wrong. So, that balance of
senior executive females on that level needs to be changed. Also, females of color are
sometimes very under represented, frequently under represented, so those two things we have
to continue to push for. But, one of the things that I talked to a lot of
the female industry leaders for the power event tonight and the main thing that
they talked about a lot was women taking ownership,
starting their own companies, running those, and then we
can advocate for other women and foster diversity and inclusion and keep it moving a forward. A long way to go, but we’re getting there. – So, is that what you believe we need to do to push the needle forward? – Oh, yes, we do. And, you know, sisterhood is powerful and once you get a woman
going, there’s no stopping us. So, onward and upward. – Well, I know that you and
I, we need our own table. So, forget about a seat at the table. (Gail laughs)

Women In Music 2019: Watch the Full Show & Red Carpet Pre-Show | Billboard

Women In Music 2019: Watch the Full Show & Red Carpet Pre-Show | Billboard


(upbeat music) – [Chelsea] As 2019 winds down, we look back to celebrate this year, and this decades barrier-breaking
work from our honorees, tonight at Billboards
“Women in Music” event. I’m Chelsea Briggs, coming to you live from the
red carpet, in Hollywood! And, beside me is someone who honestly needs no introduction at all. She’s beautiful, the one and only– – Thank you so much, Chelsea. I mean you–
– Lele Pons! Let me say your name first, girlfriend! – Oh, do you wanna say my name? Okay, my name is…
– Lele Pons. – Thank you so much, Chelsea. I just can like, you literally sound like a host. – Well girl, we’re in this together. You’re my co-host tonight. – I suck at that, I don’t
even know how to do this. – You got it. Just be yourself, that’s all you gotta do. – You want me to be myself? – Absolutely. – Okay.
– You got this, you got this? Alright. – I just wanna say, I’m super excited to be with you, and the viewers. I mean we’re gonna be here for an hour, just talking to celebrities, and everything.
– Oh my gosh. – And, thank you also for, to YouTube Music for doing this event. – Are you prepared for
the celebrities to come up on the stage?
– No. – Okay.
– Nope. – Alright, we’ll get to that point. We’re so thrilled though, to have all of you watching us at home. Tonight is so special. Our honorees are a group of
women who are unapologetically themselves as artists, businesswomen, and of course, most importantly, activists. – Yeah, I know right? And, you know what? These are, one of the biggest
stars right now in the world. – Absolutely, the biggest! – The biggest. Yeah, you know how they got here? – How? – Because, they did not compromise, and they did not take no for an answer. – Yes, and I love that. That is so incredibly inspiring. Let’s go ahead and take a
look at tonight’s honorees. I’m so excited. – [Lele] Yes. Okay, we’ve got Megan Thee
Stallion, our Powerhouse. Nicki Minaj, Game-Changer. Rosalía, Rising Star. Brandi Carlile, Trailblazer. Desiree Perez, Executive of the Year. And, Alicia Keys, who will
receive the Impact award. – [Chelsea] We also have
an amazing icon this year. The one and only Alanis Morissette. And of course, the 2019
Billboard Woman of the Year, the youngest to ever receive the honor. You know who it is. Billie Eilish. She is not human. She is like all we talk about
– She’s one of my favorites! One of the best people in the world, but you know what since
this is the end of a decade, – Yes. – You know we have an award
for the woman of the decade– – Should we say together?
– We have to say it together! – Cause it’s a big deal. Our Woman of the Decade is… – [Chelsea & Lele] Taylor Swift! – Of course, we also have
some phenomenal, phenomenal, performers this evening
with hit songs and you know, you actually you just released a new song. – Yes, “Vete Pa La.” – Okay wait how do you say it? – Vete Pa La. – Vete Pa La, okay, and
tell me about the song, the inspiration behind it. – Inspiration behind is personal you know, it’s for everybody, it’s
always for women and for men, who are in a relationship
that’s very toxic, and you get manipulated and
you just get mistreated, and it’s at the aftermath when
you actually say no to it, and you, you think you
deserve better cause you do. – That’s really powerful,
it’s very inspiring, very uplifting, in a sense. I mean obviously reflecting
on a sad time you were mad. – Yes, I was mad when I did that song. – You know what I love
though, your music video. It’s your girlfriends
are all surrounding you, it’s like a very uplifting moment. How important is that to have
your girlfriend’s around? – You know every single one
of the dancers represented, one of my friends that was actually kind of in a toxic relationship. – That’s awesome. Well honestly I’m so honored to have you next to me tonight because not– – You’re so sexy! – Well, thank you, so are you! But not only are you here as my co-host, but you are also a woman in music, so it’s gonna be so much fun tonight! The women and music event you guys, it starts in just under one hour. I cannot believe it and
here to give us some behind-the-scenes action
throughout the entire evening, is Billboard’s very own, Danica Daniel! Danica, what are you doing? It looks kinda dark in
there, what’s going on? – Yeah, hey Chelsea, Hey Lele! I am so excited to be backstage
at the Hollywood Palladium. – [Chelsea] Wait is that a crown? – Yeah, I know, there
is a crown on my head! – [Lele] We need a crown
– [Chelsea] I love it! – I know! So right now, I just finished
watching the dress rehearsal. And we’re so excited! I mean, Taylor Swift, Lele,
all these amazing people are going to take the stage. And you may have noticed
I’m wearing a crown, and that’s in honor of
all these amazing honorees and queens that we are going
to be honoring here tonight. Like, last year’s Rising Star recipient, and this year’s main
stage host, Hayley Kiyoko. And hopefully before the night is over, I’ll be able to speak to Hayley! Back to you Lele and Chelsea,
who’s on the pink red carpet? – Girlfriend, you look
beautiful, by the way! – Oh, I’m so excited okay! Hayley Kiyoko, this year’s show host, and last year’s Rising
Star’s Recipient is here! Hayley, you look amazing, oh my gosh! – You look amazing! – Oh my god!
– Queen! – I know it’s a queen because
all of you guys are queens. – Yes, it’s the queen’s night. – Yeah, so you look amazing! – Thank you so much, thank you! – So, we are, we just wanna know, last year you were the
Rising Star’s recipient, and this year you’re the host. How does that feel? – You know, it feels great to be back! It was one of my favorite
nights in my entire life. And as you can feel the
energy in this room, and women supporting
women is just so powerful. And I’m really excited
to see everyone tonight! – So the Billboard Music
Awards are about to start. How important is this event to you? – It’s very important. I think it’s so important
to feel validated by your community and
to lift each other up, and recognize all the hard
work that everyone here is putting into the industry. – So, tell us a little bit
about what you’re up to? We know that you’re embarking
on a tour in January 2020. It’s called I’m Sensitive about My Shit, tell me a little bit about that. – I’m Too Sensitive for This
Shit, that’s what it’s called, and I’m releasing a
single tonight, actually, called “Runaway” off that project, and I’ll be playing all
my new music on this tour, a U.S. tour, so check it out. – Okay, that title is amp, because you just ran in here, and you need to run back out because you’re gonna take
the stage in a few minutes. – I know, I’m so nervous! – Okay, well, don’t be nervous girl, we got you, you’re fabulous! – Thank you, thank you so much. – Okay, we’re gonna let you go because– – Bye! – Hayley’s got a lot to do. But I want you to stick around because I’m gonna bring you
all the royal backstage access. I’m your eyes, I’m your
ears, I’m your everything. History is about to take place. Are you ready? Chelsea, Lele, on the red
carpet, what’s going on? – We’re so ready! And get into a little trouble back there, not too much, but I expect you to do some digging back there, girl. – I’m possibly gonna get on
this stage, so stay tuned. – Ooh, all right, I’m holding you to it. Someone else who will
actually be on the stage performing tonight, is this
year’s Rising Star, Rosalía. – Oh my god, I cannot wait– – She’s your favorite? – Yeah she is. I cannot wait to see Rosalía! I mean that way that she
mixes Hip-hop and Flamenco, I mean she’s done a really
big cross over, you know. – Oh yeah! – And it’s crazy because in one of her, in the cover story that
she did on Billboard, she literally quoted,
“My priority is always to project an image of a strong woman.” – I love that, and we need that right now! – Yep. – We so need that image of a strong woman, that passion though, is why her career is soaring right now. She’s with Columbia Records,
has five Latin Grammys, hit collabs with J Balvin,
Os Suna, no big deal. Let’s go ahead, and check
out her YouTube stats. – Yes. (upbeat techno music) – So you’re a huge fan of Rosalía. – Yes, I love her. – We’ve talked about this. She’s coming down the carpet right now. How do you feel about that? – Amazing. – Are you like nervous, excited? – Yes, I talked to her. – We actually found a video of you, hanging out with the Rising Star. Do you know what I’m, do you know what video it is? – [Lele] No, oh my god. That was the first time I met her. It was, I think two
years ago or last year. We had been talking for a while, but that was the first time
I actually met her in person. – I love that you like,
tackled her. (laughs) – Who doesn’t want to like, hug her? – I know, what did you guys talk about, on your last time you met? – Well, she was talking about her sister, and her watching my videos, and I was just like, well I watch you! Like all of you, you’re perfect. And I was just, you know
I’m a fan of MALAMENTE. That was when MALAMENTE was huge, like it, just like blew up. – Yeah. – And I was just like talking to her about I love the way that she is, like what she is doing to music. – Do you remember the first
time you heard about her? – Yes. – Like how did that, how
did she come into your life? – I saw her live, which was really cool. – Speaking of which, we
have Rosalía here right now. – Rosalía! – You guys can reenact your hug right now, but wait can I get it on it real fast? Three way hug. – Yes. – Just cause it’s all
about women and love today. How are you? – Fine, thank you, thank you. Very happy cause it’s my friend. – Rosalía, honestly, I love you. I was saying, I was telling everybody, and I just wanna know, this has been an amazing year for you, I mean, what are you most proud of? – I mean, I am so happy
that I could perform with all my people, you know, we come from Spain, from Barcelona, we could perform in many
places around the world, and it’s been amazing to bring our music to so many people in so
many different places. That’s been amazing. – I mean you’re nominated for a Grammy. – Yeah. – I know! – How does that feel? And you’re nominated in a major category, and as a Spanish speaking artist, like what does that mean to you? – It’s crazy, it means so much, it means that no matter
which language are you using if the music that you do
comes from a pure place, and connects with people,
anything else is important. It’s just that it’s just about the music, and the energy that the
music has, you know. – Well your song MALAMENTE, it was one of our top songs
of the decade at Billboard. – Ooh, yes thank you, thank you! – I wanna know, kinda a fun question, what was the most random
place you’ve heard that song? I always love asking that question, cause you never know like– – My bathroom. (laughs) – That’s like the answer
you hope for, but– – I would say just, that I don’t know. For me, the most random thing
that happened with that song, is that Billie, Billie Eilish– – Yes. – When nobody was super
in, I don’t know, my music. I don’t know, in Spain, some artists they were like, supporting my music. But out of Spain, Billie
was one of the first ones, and Lele too! Yes, yes. But Billie posted on
her Instagram stories, and I was like, that
was mind blowing for me! – So wait, will this be the first time you meet Billie, here tonight? Have you met her before? – Oh we met, yeah. Yeah, we’re good friends,
we’re good friends. We’ve been in the studio, we’re friends. – And talking about that yes! (laughs) – Can we talk about this collab? – (mumbles) There is a woman that you want to collab with here, that
you’re going to collab with. Who would it be? – Oh my god, Billie please, let’s finish that song! I love Billie, she knows it– I wish that we had more
time to be in the studio. And hang so much in the studio. – [Lele] But you need it, I need it. – [Chelsea] You did start a song? – Yeah we started, we started something. We gotta finish it. – All right. – You better, cause I’m waiting. – I’m so, honestly, now that you said that it’s like we’re gonna be waiting for like a Billie/Rosalía collab. It has to happen. – Let’s see, let’s see, let’s see. – Oh my god. – I wanted to ask you,
cause I noticed that you recently narrated
Harry Styles’ music video. – Yes, true! – For “Adore You” How did that come about? Are you friends with him? What was that whole situation? – So you know, he’s a good friend of mine. And he explained to me,
that he had this song, and this video, that
was very special video. I saw the idea, and I loved the idea. I feel so grateful that he
counted on me, and yeah, so I was there trying
to use my best accent, my best English accent
as possible, you know but yeah, so I’m happy that
I could collab in this video. It was a beautiful video. I think it was an amazing video. – It was so good. Will you be doing any others for him? Like is it gonna be a series of videos– – I mean Harry, you know
that you can count on me. (laughs) Yeah, like I love him, I love his music. I think he’s an amazing,
super talented musician. – 2020 is gonna be the
year of Rosalía collabs. – Yeah it is! – And we literally cannot wait! – We’re in love with you,
I’m in love with you, Rosie. – Aw Lele, I love you too! We love each other. – I love Rosie, every single time, I just– I fought
literally in her concert, cause one person was like in front of me, and I was like, “No, no
I wanna be in front!” Like I was there with my little thing. – Lele, you are one of the most supportive people I’ve met. – Aw thank you! – An artist, and you know, she just, she’s been amazing. – I have a fan page. – I think that you two
should collab together, guys! – Yes! – Oh my god, oh my god! – [Chelsea] Please, I mean! (mumbles) – I’ll direct your video. – Let’s absolutely make
it happen, awesome. – Thank you, and your
sister, say hi to her. – Yes, she’s here, she’s here. – La voy a ver? (I’m going to see her?) – Pili, te queremos. (Pili, we love you.) – Rosalía, you were incredible tonight. And we’re so, so excited for you– – Thank you. – So, keep killing it, and enjoy tonight! – Let’s go! Vamos! – We’ll see you soon, thanks. – [Lele] Nos vemos adentro.
(We’ll see each other inside) Another person, champion,
woman in the industry today is Brandi Carlile. She’s actually tonight’s
Trailblazer Honoree. – Amazing. – [Everyone] Hey. – [Lele] How are you, you look so pretty! – Thank you, y’all look, I was checking your
outfits, they’re on fire. – You look amazing! – Thank you. – Rapsody. – Yes. – how are you doing? – Good. – You look incredible. – Thank you. – What does it mean tonight? Obviously this is a night
all about empowering women. What does it mean to be here? – Oh, it means a lot. Especially since I dropped
an album earlier this year. All about women called Eve, I named every song after women. – So cool. – So, for us to have a night
to celebrate each other. You know, for the world to celebrate us, you know, for Billboard to celebrate us, it’s important because we are
so important to the culture. And you know, we’re the
reason everybody’s here! – Right? That’s so real! – Yes – I just wanna know, what’s
your favorite track to perform? – What’s my favorite track to perform? – Yes. – Probably Whoopi. You know, it’s high energy, it’s fun It gets the crowd into it, so that’s one of my favorites to rock. – And who are some women that, you’ve looked up to over the years? Who’s really inspired you? – Oh man, so many. Outside of my mother, and you know, my aunts, my village, Phyilicia Rashad, Cicely
Tyson, Nikki Giovanni, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, you know, I could go on and on, even now, newer today, I
look up to Yara Shahidi. I love what she’s doing and represents as a youth coming up to be a leader, so it’s just so many women to celebrate. – If there’s one person here tonight, that you could collab
with or work with in 2020, is there one person that
kinda stands out to you? – Wow, me and Megan have been
talking about doing something, so Megan Thee Stallion is one, yeah. – [Chelsea] I can see that. – Yeah, I think that would be fun. – [Chelsea] You gotta
come up with a new theme. Like a Winter, instead of hot girl Summer. – Oh, hot girl winter? (mumbles) You know, something like that. – (laughs) Just hot
girl, I’m fine with that. – [Lele] What’s gonna
happen in 2020 for you? – 2020, well I’m working on new music, I’m back in the studio, so I definitely want release a new album. I have a new tour, A Black
Girl Created This Tour– – [Lele] OH! – Yeah, that kicks off in February, so that’s gonna be dope, you know, and just continue to create
and tell stories through art. – [Chelsea] How are you
prepping for that tour? Cause that’s a process and a half. – Yeah, you know, I’m just thinking about what I want the stage to look like. What kind of stories I
want to tell on the screen. You know, what songs and song order, so it’s just getting with my DJ, and my band, trying to make a cohesive, fun, you know, engaging
performance for everybody. – Can you kinda tease it a little bit? Like what you’re thinking
for the theme of your tour? – What I’m thinking? It’s definitely, it’s
about women empowerment. And telling stories from
the past to the present, about Black women and how
they’ve all inspired me, so how can I tell those
stories but incorporate it in me and the music, so you know, we’re gonna have video screens, there’s gonna be some
talking, some fun things, you know, some guest
appearances here and there. It’s gonna be dope. – [Chelsea] I love that you’re, you’re so positive, and
you’re so inspiring. Congratulations for
releasing all this music. – [Lele] I like talking to you! – I know its great. – Thank you, I like talking to y’all. – I want to know for you, like, what’s the quote that you wake up, and you say to yourself? Do you have a mantra? Or something that gets you going everyday? – Wow. – Cause I feel like we all kinda have em, and it probably changes depending on the time of your life. – I think mine is, “To live for today.” You know, to live every
day like it’s your last. You know so, when I think about that, it’s just like you don’t
have time to waste. Just do it, no fear, all confidence, and have fun and walk in that, you know. So that’s my mantra, I got it
tattooed on my back, actually. – [Chelsea] You do? – Yeah, I do. – How long ago? – I was in high school when I got that, so I was fifteen, I had a
fake I.D. and everything. (laughs) – I love that, who went
with you to get it? – My boyfriend. – [Chelsea] Yes! (laughs) You’re like, “My boyfriend
that is no longer.” – That is no longer. – Awesome, well thank you so much. – Thank you, I appreciate
talking with y’all! – I feel like you were such a
great way to kick things off. You’re so uplifting. – Thank you. – Thank you so much
– We’ll see you inside. – We’ll see you soon. So another person that championed women, in the industry today, is Brandi Carlile. She’s actually tonight’s
Trailblazer honoree. – I mean, absolutely she
is a champion advocate across the board, and she’s
not afraid to get political. – She really isn’t! And she also isn’t afraid
to create outside the box, so Brandi brought together
three other fellow musical stars Natalie Hemby, Maren
Morris, and Amanda Shires to form the musical group Highwomen. Their first album debuted at number one, which is pretty crazy on the Billboard’s top Country albums chart. Making it, essentially a movement. She also produced Tanya
Tucker’s first album of new music since 2002, capping off really, a truly unique year. – This happened all this year? – Literally all in 2019, then
add three Grammy awards on it, and I’d say, she’s had a
pretty stellar year for sure. Let’s go ahead and check
out her YouTube stats. – Yes (upbeat techno music) – You know, one of the
performers (mumbles) I’m sure she’s gonna
bring it to the stage. – Oh yes. – Is our powerhouse, Megan Thee Stallion. I mean, who can handle her? – No. – She’s something else. – She’s a character and
a half, and I love her. She learned about power
from the women in her life, constantly preaching sisterhood. And she’s constantly working to break down barriers for women rappers. – Anyone who coins “Hot Girl Summer,” and make it an influential
trend has some serious power. – Sure. – I mean, in addition to
her cultural trending, Megan has collabed with Gucci
Mane, Chance the Rapper, City Girls, she has even toured with Meek Mill and Future as well. – Absolutely she is the powerhouse, and she’s of course killing
it on YouTube as well. Take a look! (upbeat techno music) – So we have Brandi Carlile coming down the carpet right now. She’s going to talk to us very shortly. But she’s just one of those
women in the industry, where I feel like she works so hard, and its so cool to see her get success. Last year she killed the Grammys, and, so we’re gonna talk to her very shortly, but we also, we have so
many stars coming your way. And things are really starting to gear up inside the Palladium. Let’s go ahead, and check
back in with Danica. Danica, what’s up Danica? That crown, girl. – I know, I still have
it on, does it look good? Is it straight? – It looks amazing. – Well, I’m kinda low-key
freaking out right now, because I’m sitting at the
best seats in the house. Okay, I could literally touch
the stage if I wanted to, and there’s a reason why these are the best seats in the
house, that’s because they belong to our Woman of the
Decade, Miss Taylor Swift. And actually I think I could
see our Woman of the Year, Billie Eilish sitting right over there. And next to her is Cyndi Lauper, it’s kinda incredible all of the amazing legends that we are going
to be seeing tonight. And right here next to Taylor Swift, is Billboard’s own Editorial
Director, Miss Hannah Karp. I mean like I said, these
women are gonna make history. And you know who’s not a
stranger to making history. That’s right, it’s this lady over here. Miss Taylor Swift, I mean
its kinda hard to think about the landscape of music
in the past ten years, without thinking about
Taylor’s accomplishments. They’re amazing! And you know what, I think that Taylor with all of her Billboard awards, and all of the things that she does, she kinda deserves this crown. Chelsea, Lele, what are you
guys doing on that red carpet? – Oh no big deal, we’re just hanging out with Brandi Carlile right now. – [Lele] I like the flower,
I really like the flower. – [Danica] Brandi needs
this crown too, hey Brandi! – Danica is saying hi to you. Oh she wants to give you her crown. – Aw that’s so sweet of you. – Bye guys. – (laughs) You’re so cute. First off, I wanna ask
how you were feeling? Cause you had laryngitis I heard. – Yeah, I did. I had it like two weeks ago. And it was so bad, I kinda
bruised a vocal chord. – [Chelsea] Oh no. – But, I’m feeling pretty
close to a hundred percent. I’m getting there, yeah. – Well, congratulations,
obviously our Trailblazer tonight. – Aw, thank you. – I feel like you’re one of the hardest working women in the industry. – That’s really kind of you to say. I take that as a big compliment. – Do you get eight hours
of sleep every night? – I actually do, yeah. – Do you? Good job. – Yeah, my wife is so cool,
she gets up with the kids in the morning for me. – That’s amazing.
– I love that. – I know! – [Chelsea] I wanna know, what’s been the biggest challenge for you, over the years? – I think the biggest challenge for me, over the years, has been
to know when to slow down. I think, I love people so much. It’s really hard for me not to engage every chance that I get. And so, I think as a kid
that didn’t get included, in school a lot– – Interesting, in what way do you mean? – I think just because I was
queer and in a small town. As an adult, to get the
attention for the art that I’m making, it’s really hard for me not to show up because it’s an honor, and I really respect that. – That’s amazing, I admire you so much. – Thank you. – Seriously, my dad just got
married with his partner. – Oh right on, man. – [Chelsea] That’s so cool. – Modern families, I got one, you got one. – Speaking of which, you
have two adorable daughters. – Yes, I do. – How, what is it, what
have they taught you? About being your daughters, and also, how have they inspired you…musically? – My kids were both sent here, to challenge everything I believe in. – [Chelsea] Yes! – Right down to being born to
two mothers on Father’s Day. Which is what my first born was. – [Chelsea] Wow, that’s funny. – They’ve taught me so much. About the fact that time
just does not slow down. And that you really have to
be in the moment with them, because before you know
it, the moment is gone. – [Chelsea & Lele] Yeah. – And they’re waist high. – [Lele] I love that (mumbles). – I know that they’re young, but do they understand, like, you know, you performing shows, and like seeing you on t.v. Like do they understand it, or is it confusing to them? – They kinda do. My oldest daughter, who is
six, just had career day. And she didn’t ask me to go. – [Lele] No! – She asked my ex, who
is a police officer. – Stop. – I was devastated,
but that’s how it goes. – That’s awesome! So who is– – Mom’s job is not cool to us. – I love it, not yet, it will be! – I hope you’re right. – Who is someone here tonight, that you’d love to work
with in the future? [Lele] Collab. – Oh my god, all of them. I’m just absolutely so enamored, with all of these women and
I will not name a single one, just because I believe in the spirit, of abandoning all competitiveness, standing shoulder to shoulder, and pushing forward all at one time. – [Chelsea] Do you feel
that, that’s something that’s hard to come
across in the industry? Do you feel like women are constantly still pitted against each other? – I do, but I feel a
season change, do you? – [Chelsea] I do.
– [Lele] Yes. – [Chelsea] I really do, I feel that. – Yes, I think that its um, it is palpable the support that
women have for one another. And I’m sure that interviewing people tonight you’ve seen that. – Yeah, I have a couple of friends, Rosalía just came here,
and I love supporting her. Cause I know her. – Yeah, yeah. – I just, I just love supporting. Like when you see talent,
when you see people like you, you just want them to succeed. – You do. – I’m not kidding I’m just like, if women succeed, we
succeed, we’re just together. – That’s right, that’s the whole thing! And you know it is such a gift, to genuinely know how to
be happy for someone else. – [Lele] Yes. – [Chelsea] And I feel like
if we all support each other, we can take over the freaking world! – Girl, preach! – Us, women, right! – My daughter should’ve
brought you guys to career day. (laughs) – [Chelsea] Hey, next year! Last question, you’re obviously always so vocal about your political stance. Why do you think that’s
so important as an artist? Someone who has such a
massive platform as you do. – I used to think it was
important as an artist, now I just think it’s
important as a person. I wake up everyday, political. I can’t not be political. I’m married to a woman, I’ve
got two female children, and I live in a country with an uncertain future around my family
and its legitimacy, and I think that it’s so
important to use your platform for good no matter what you
do, no matter what your job is. You can always make a
difference in the world, one person at a time. – [Chelsea] Oh well,
you’re certainly doing it. – [Lele] I’m like crying a little bit. – [Chelsea] Making Lele
a little emotional. But you are so sweet! And its such an honor to
have you here tonight. – Thank you. – Next year, bring your girls! – Yes! – You guys are gorgeous! – [Chelsea] Hey, look who’s talking. – I wanna hug you guys. – Let’s hug it out! Thank you so much! Have so much fun tonight
and congratulations, again. – I will do, thanks for the chat. – Our Woman of the Decade’s
artist accomplishments they cannot be denied,
and Taylor Swift’s songs they’ve connected with
people all around the world. You even said it yourself. – Yes. – Oh you’re still crying? – Yeah, I’m sorry. – Are you okay? – Don’t worry about it. – That’s what’s so special about tonight. It’s all about empowering each other, and just, the women here
are just so incredible. – Yeah I know! – Like the things that
they say, it’s awesome. So, you know, Taylor she has
put activism and giving back, at the forefront of her career, and she was actually one of
the original collaborators of the Times Up initiative, remember that. – I mean, I don’t know how she does it. I mean I barely made it here, I was late. – Literally, I was a little
bit nervous for a minute, but you did make it on time. – Yes, I did. – Here we are, and you’re
the best co-host ever, and I appreciate you. – Sorry I’m crying. – No, you’re okay, you’re so sweet. I think our girl, Taylor Swift, though knows a thing or two about time. Over the past decade, I mean
look at these views on YouTube, they are pretty insane. (upbeat techno music) – [Lele] I just wanna say, did you know that Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” also featured
tonight’s Game Changer. – Yes! Nicki Minaj, I mean c’mon,
she’s truly a game changer. In so many ways including, the most career top 100 hits among women. So five number one hits on
the hot rap songs chart. And four top 5 albums
on the Billboard 200, including two number
ones, which is insane. – She doesn’t downplay who
she is, or her sexuality. I mean, she’s undeniably successful. She is who she is because of her. And I admire, I mean
everyone admires her so much, and it shows on her YouTube. – [Chelsea] Absolutely, take a look. (upbeat techno music) – Also Taylor may have
inspired many artists– – Yeah. – Like me, I mean everybody here. But who do you think that inspired her? – I don’t know, tell me. – One person, Alanis Morissette. – Oh she’s inspired me too
though, so I totally get it. – [Lele] She is literally
an icon, a true legend. And about her, you know, Taylor Swift said something about her that she said, she quoted, “She inspired a
generation of confessional female singer-songwriters
who all of a sudden felt like you could actually say
these raw feeling you had.” – You know what’s crazy, is
Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill, was the first album that I ever purchased– – Really? – With my own money, and I
remember feeling that way, like I was so young, I
was in elementary school, but I remember feeling
that, like she understands what I’m going through, even
though I was really young, so I really wasn’t
going through that much, but it felt, like I felt her, and I think, you know, Alanis, she showcases the complexity of the human spirit in her own writing. She’s an icon– – Have you met her? – For that reason, I have not. And I am very excited to tonight. Trust me, I’ve been super
fangirling out a little bit. But she has no signs of slowing down, so coming up on the 25th
anniversary of her album, Jagged Little Pill, which
makes me feel very old, it’s now a musical written by Diablo Cody. Which just had its Broadway opening. – I mean not to mention, her 31 date tour this summer with Live Nation! – Oh my gosh, and by the way, you’re gonna go with me to that tour! – Oh really? – Yeah because so you don’t
know that much about Alanis. – No I– – She’s a little bit before your time. But I feel like I want
you to experience her, like I said– – I want to. – She inspired me so much
throughout the years. So, who is that person for you? Who– – Shakira! – Shakira all the way! And how many times have you seen Shakira, like in concert? – Um, a lot, like four times. But I met her two years ago, or last year and I again, cried. – I was gonna say did you cry? Did you get a selfie? Did
you do all the things? – A selfie, a video. She told me not to cry, I cried more. – Did she show you how to shake your hips? – Yeah, and how to like…do this. – Oh man, that’s awesome. Wait, hold on one second,
are we hearing this right? I think Danica Daniel, who is backstage at the Palladium, is she,
what are you doing back there? – Hey Chelsea, hey Lele, that is right, I am on the big stage at
the Hollywood Palladium for the 2019 Billboard
Women in Music Awards. I am so excited, Mama, I made it! And I want you to see
what the amazing honorees, like Taylor Swift, Rosalía,
all these amazing women are gonna be looking out
into a crowd filled with some of the most powerful
women in the industry. And also some of the most powerful women executives in the music industry. And I just happen to
have one onstage with me. Billboard’s own Executive
Director of R&B and Hip-Hop, Gail Mitchell. – Hey girl, how’s it going? – It’s going amazing, thank you so much! We’re so happy to have you here. – So excited to be here. I mean everything looks so gorgeous. – So the viewers are very curious to know, how did the women in music
awards even get started? – Well we started it in 2005, we thought that the female leaders in every sector of the music industry were long overdue in
terms of being recognized, so that first year in 2005 we honored Judy McGrath, Chief
Executive of MTV Networks. And in 2007 we added the
female artist component, so Female Artist of the Year, which we now call Woman of the Year. An inaugural honoree that
year, 2007, was Reba McEntire. So over the last fourteen
years, we’ve honored more than 120 women each year, industry veterans, current female executives,
and next generation talent. – And I know for a fact that this year we have a whopping 155 honorees. – That shows you we are
making a lot of progress. A lot of progress, yeah. – So what are some of the,
I guess, obstacles that you think women in the music
industry are facing today? – Well still despite
all the positive sides, going on over the couple of years, there’s still the idea
that there’s only room for one woman at a
table or in the C-Suite, which is wrong. So that balance of
senior executive females on that level needs to be changed. Also, females of colors, are sometimes very underrepresented, frequently underrepresented, so those two things we have
to continue to push for. But one of the things
that I talked to a lot of the female industry leaders,
for the power event tonight, and the main thing that
they talked about was women taking ownership,
starting their own companies, running those, and then we could advocate for other women and foster
in diversity and inclusion and keep it moving
forward, a long way to go but we’re getting there. – So is that what you believe, we need to do to push the needle forward? – Oh yes, we do. And you know sisterhood is powerful, and once you get a woman going, there is no stopping us,
so onward and upward. – Well, I know that you and
I, we need our own table, so forget about a seat at the table. – Well, Gail, I think they’re telling us we have to clear the stage, because in just a few
moments Hayley Kiyoko, and all of our amazing honorees, are going to take the
stage, the show is only going to start in a few moments. So, Lele, Chelsea, back
to you on the red carpet. What’s going on ladies? – Yes, Danica, thank you so much! You are killing it back there! – You’re just doing so great.
– You’re so lucky. – I kinda wish I could
be back there with you, but you know, we’ll join you later. So, there’s been so many
incredible Billie Eilish moments. – Oh yes! – Just this year alone. Do you wanna know though,
what my favorite is? – Okay, when she met Justin Bieber? – That was a good one. You know what’s so funny, is that I actually interview Billie, the day her album dropped. And she told me that Justin
Bieber slid into her DMs, cause he kinda knew who she at this point, and an old fan DM that
she sent him years before popped up and he like
made fun of her for it, and I was like, I love it, Billie Eilish, a fangirl, just like us. But no, that’s not my
favorite, it’s close. My favorite was actually
when William Eilish, really brought her Office
trivia knowledge to the table when Dwight, A.K.A. Rainn Wilson, yes, surprised Billie at her house to quiz her. – [Billie] This is my room, you don’t have to come
in, or whatever you want. But there’s this. – [Rainn] Oh my god, look at that! Maybe she is the biggest
Office fan in the world. We’ll find out. – [Billie] Oh my god. – Ladies and gentlemen, Billie Eilish. (laughs) (upbeat techno music) – [Lele] You look so amazing. – [Tiana] Thank you so much. – [Chelsea] Joining us right now, is Tiana Major9, how are you? – I’m fine thank you. – You look absolutely stunning. – That’s so cool. – Oh the piercing? – Yes. – [Chelsea] Show the camera. Did that hurt? – No, not really. – No? Not at all, you’re tough. – I am…strong. – You’re performing here tonight. – I am. – Which is super
exciting, are you nervous? What’s kinda going through
your head right now? – Um I’m just excited, I
can’t wait to get on stage, and perform; I love performing. – [Lele] I’m so excited too – Thank you, I can’t wait,
man, its gonna be good, – [Chelsea] Do you do any rituals, before you hit the stage anything? Like mantras that you say to yourself, anything like that? – Um I just warm up, drink some tea, and I just say thank you
Lord for bringing me here. – That’s awesome, well the
song is called Collide, it’s from the new movie “Queen & Slim.” – Yeah. – Talk about the song,
and it coming together, and what it means to you. – So Collide is a song, that myself, and EARTHGANG are on, and
it’s just a love song, a beautiful love song, um yeah, and it just spoke to me, man. – [Chelsea] Yeah.
– [Lele] I love that. – That’s all I can say. – I love that so much, and what can we expect in 2020 from you? – Oh, more music, more visuals,
and more shows, definitely. – What do you want, someone
who is a fan of yours, what do you want the message to take away, from being your fan, from your music? – That you can do anything, you can do anything you want, you can make the music you want. Just be yourself, and you’ll soar. – [Chelsea] And what’s your background? Cause you’ve been working, for a minute in this industry. Talk about kind of, just talk about like your biggest struggle over the years. – Um, well… biggest struggle. – [Chelsea] We’ve all struggled. – Yeah, um, just kind of like getting my voice heard, but now
you guys are hearing me, so. (laughs) – Yeah, that was my struggle at the time. – It just took a minute for
people to really latch on. – Yeah, it did. – And, it did, go ahead. – I just had a question for you. What do you think it is being
a woman in this industry, what is the most important thing? – Sorry, what? – Like being a woman in this industry, why is it so important to you? – Oh, it’s extremely important. I have the responsibility
to tell my story, and also empower other women. – [Lele] Yes. – [Chelsea] There’s, speaking of which, There’s so may inspiring
women here tonight. Who, who are a couple
of people in your life that have inspired you? Whether it’s another
artist, or it’s family. Like who is someone for you, that’s really helped lift you up? – Um, my auntie, she’s really helped me over the past two years. Yeah I love her, and my mum as well. – [Chelsea] What about other
artists in the industry? – Lauryn Hill, I really love her. Like, lyrically she just gets it on point, and she just knows what to say. She’s always relatable. – Have you met her? – Yes, I met her recently in Atlanta. – Did you fangirl or play it cool? – I played it cool, but I
was just gas the whole time. – [Chelsea] That’s awesome,
well thank you so much. – Thank you so much. – Good look tonight,
break a leg, I should say! – Thank you! – And we’ll be watching for sure. Now this years–Oh. – Okay. (laughs) That’s gonna be viral. (laughs) – You’re okay. So this year’s Impact
honoree, Alicia Keys, oh my gosh, the one and only, she’s making an impression. You okay? – Yeah. – We got this, we got this. (mumbles) (laughs) – Alicia Keys is making an
impression wherever she goes, her songs highlight the strength of women, from her 2001 single “A Woman’s Worth,” to ♪ This girl is on fire ♪ I didn’t know if I was gonna sing that, but I just did. – She did, I love her. – I had to go there,
cause I love that song. Last year, right here
actually at the Billboard’s Women in Music, Alicia
Keys actually launched the non-profit She Is The Music. Which is to help grow the number of women, in the music industry. – Yeah, She Is The Music, has creator committee of stars ranking from Missy Elliott, to Billie Eilish, and I’m so proud of this movement. – It’s so cool! – It’s amazing, it’s a
really beautiful movement. – Let’s go ahead and see
how much of an impact tonight’s honoree has made on YouTube. Take a look. (upbeat techno music) – We are joined right now, by the gorgeous, Victoria Monét. – Well, hello hello. – How are you doing? – I’m very good, how are you guys? – You look so good. – Thank you so much. – Seriously. – You know what I love, about tonight? It’s like a girl
complimenting each other fest, which is like, “you’re
beautiful, you’re beautiful.” – Yes, that’s the best, I
wish Twitter was like this. – I know, ugh.
– Oh yeah! – Let’s start there, because I feel like that
is so real right now. – Yeah. – There’s cancel culture,
there’s trolls on twitter that are bringing us down,
and I’ve been victim to it, where it’s like I can’t even go on for the next couple weeks. – Right. – How do you handle that? – Um, I think it just comes down to really just surrounding yourself
in your real life with people who you trust, and value their opinions, cause I think, the internet sometimes can
be a venting tool for people, and you can’t really
just take it personal. And you just keep moving, you stay confident, and
do what makes you happy. Out in the real word, you know. – [Chelsea] Speaking of, females who rock, you and your best friend Ariana Grande– – Thank you. – How do you guys keep each other, like, I don’t know, just well
rounded in this industry? How do you keep each other humble, and like what are you conversations like when times get tough? – Um, honestly I think that
woman is humble regardless, of if I was in her life or not, but I think it just comes
down to really being, having a true friendship, and making each other laugh, and sharing genuine
moments with each other, and I don’t know, if I
even think about, like, holding her accountable to be humble, I just, you know, compliment
her as much as I can, make sure I’m supportive,
and she does the same for me, and so it’s really great. – I love that.
– That’s awesome. – I mean, what was your
favorite moment with her? One that you remember,
cause you have a lot. – I would say this year,
cause there’s probably a lot. – Um, yeah, you know what. I think overall, this
year she really turned a lot of tragedy and sorrow into bliss, and was able to do that through music, and not through just like,
you know, outside things she used her art to turn
positivity, to make positivity. – So I think that was
really nice to watch, and have the front seat for. And she deserves the world,
and I think she has it, so. – You, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you’ve also
been working with Normani. – Yes. – On her new album. What can you tell us about it, cause fans are so excited for this album. – Me too! She’s so important to me, and to Black culture and
to women around the world. I don’t know if I can say anything, I don’t want to get in trouble, but I do know that
she’s working very hard, and she’s very focused, and
she’s gonna make something that’s gonna blow the world away. – Some good stuff, some dance song? – Yes, of course, of course. She’s trying to get it out of me. Thank you guys so much. – Keep killing it, have fun tonight. – Thank you, thank you,
thank you, you too. – We’ll talk to you soon. Coming up right now, we
have the one and only, Billie Eilish, who is looking flawless, per usual, I’m so excited for– Billie Eilish. Oh hello, our Woman of the Year, so good to see you. Girlfriend, let’s talk for a second. – Woman of the Year, and this is coming up
on your 18th birthday which is right around the corner. – Yes. – Next week right? – A week from yesterday. – What does this moment mean to you? To be our Woman of the
Year, you’re a woman! – Oh my god. – How does it feel? – A woman at 17, it feels really surreal. I’ve been watching, like
the acceptance speeches for this award for like
years, like for real. Like idolizing these women in the past, and like it’s really insane. My life is crazy. – And that’s just it. This year has been so insane for you. How do you, kind of. What are the moments when you’re alone, you go to bed at night,
what do you say to yourself? Like how do you kind of, what’s going on in your head, Billie? – Um, that’s a good question. I don’t really know anymore. It’s really, it’s a really
surreal thing that I get to do. And I don’t know, I kinda, I’ve just been really enjoying it lately. And like tryna live like I
just woke and this is my life. You know what I mean? – [Lele] You know what I
love so much about you, is that you are so family driven. Your brother’s your best friend. – Yeah, he is. – What does he mean to you, like what is your favorite
thing about performing with him? – Um, I guess my favorite thing would be, just like, there’s no, there’s no ifs, you know what I mean. It’s really solid, and
we’ve been best friends for basically our entire lives. I don’t know, it just like works. There’s no like weird,
awkward, you know what I mean, like there’s no like shortage of feeling- – [Lele] You’ve been
together your whole life. – Yeah literally my whole life. – [Chelsea] I feel like that’s
gotta be really important right now too, as you’re
getting all this fame, and it’ such a weird time. And I’m so for you, you’re like, “Well I
have my solid family.” – Yeah. – That’s gotta be so special. – It is, and I love my mom. I love my dad. They come on the road with me. You know, so it’s cool. – [Chelsea] I have to ask
you about Alicia Keys, because girlfriend did a little, a little duet with her this week. Talk to me about that, I saw the way you look at her, and I was like I need to find a man who looks at me the way
Billie looks at Alicia Keys. – True, cause I do look at her with the most amount of love I probably
have looked at anybody. Alicia Keys, man, c’mon! – [Chelsea] What was
going through your head? – I mean, dude, I literally,
I forgot to tell her this. I don’t even think I did, – [Lele] She’s here though. – Is she really? – [Lele] You can tell her. – I forgot to tell her this though. That I remembered like the
day after I was with her, which was that when I was
like 10, or something, I didn’t have an iPhone,
I had a little iPod, so I couldn’t like listen to music, cause I didn’t have like Spotify, and Apple Music didn’t exist. And so the only way I
could listen to music was like off of like YouTube. And I couldn’t get YouTube
cause I had an iPod, so I couldn’t do it unless I had wifi. So I had this app where
you could listen to stuff because you could download
videos off YouTube. And I literally downloaded a video, the video for “Girl On Fire,” and I’d watch that over
and over and over and over. And I have it like burned into my brain. I swear to god, like the
entire video, burned. – [Chelsea] What’s the first
sequence of the video, go! – It’s like her just looking beautiful in this colorful room, and
she’s all glossy and stuff. Ooh she looked good. – [Chelsea] So can we,
maybe, expect a collab between Billie Eilish
and Alicia Keys in 2020. – Man, you don’t gotta
ruin it like that though. I just want to respect her as she is. – [Lele] That is true, that
is exactly how it should be. – I mean obviously I would die, and pee my pants if we
could do something together. But I wanna be friends,
you know what I mean, Like, I don’t wanna force anyone, cause if I say anything
people will be like, “Collab with Billie Eilish.” – Yeah! She’s big sis, so yeah. – Like just like how
Alicia Keys was for you, you’re for a lot of girls. I can’t put that in my brain. – What do you tell your fans
who wanna grow up like you? – Oh my god, um Literally, anything is possible, dude. For real, for real. Like that’s all I’ve learned. You always think, it can’t
happen to you, and then it does. I don’t know. Just be patient with yourself. – This is a fan question for me, but I have seen you
perform live so many times, and you’re one of my favorite performers. – I was wondering the other day, I was like, what goes on
through Billie Eilish’s head when she’s onstage. Like what’s the most random
thing you’ve ever thought of. – I think of the most random stuff! I swear to god, I’m literally like, I’m like listen, some stuff, dude, Okay this is crazy, I fart a lot on stage. Like a lot cause I’m jumping
around, I don’t know. Sometimes I’m like damn, I gotta pee! I don’t know, I think
about a lot of stuff my like sock feels weird, like weird stuff Like random stuff. (laughs) – We have to talk about
your Grammy nominations I mean you’d said you grew
up watching the Grammy’s, This is a huge, have you
thought about your speech? Do you think you’ll get emotional? – You think I’m gonna win? I don’t. She’s talking about my speech, like it’s gonna happen. – [Chelsea] You’re gonna win! I’m manifesting that for you. – Thank you, thank you. I… I don’t know because, I mean, I’m expecting to not win. Which is totally fine with me, cause– No listen, the nominations
are what’s really important. To even be thought of in
that world is important. And if I even win one or none, I’m gonna be grateful
for it no matter what. – [Lele] You’re the
youngest, you already won. You already won. (laughs) But I mean, if anything happens I’ll definitely get emotional, for sure. So, I’m looking forward to it. – [Chelsea] Were you crazy
surprised to get that? – Yeah, the Grammy’s,
what’re you talking about! – [Lele] No one was
surprised, except Billie. – Shut up, oh my god,
the Grammy’s man, c’mon. – And lastly, I’ve said like seven times Cause I still wanna talk to you. Is that Justin Bieber
collaboration gonna happen? – It already happened! – [Chelsea] But I mean, like
another one like a new song. – If he wants to, but I love you, Bieber. – [Lele] I do wanna see the Rosalía one. – Oooh. – Is that gonna happen? – Gotta stay oop. – She was here, and she was
saying good things about you. – Was she, what a doll, I love her. – Um, Billie Eilish, thank you so much. And I have to say, you’re so humble, for as big as you are, you’re the best! Hug it out girl, have so much fun tonight, you deserve all the
success, you’re the best. – Have a goodnight, I love you guys. – Have fun! Coming up next, we have Lauren Jauregui, walking up on the stage. Oh cool! (upbeat techno music) – [Lauren] Thank you, hello, how are you? – Hi ! (compliments in Spanish) – We’re just laughing about
how it’s such a love fest. We’re like all females, you
look amazing, you look amazing! – Femme power! – You’re no stranger to this show, you were honored last year. – Yes. – What does it mean to you,
to be a part of this event? – Oh my god, this is one of my
favorite events of the year. I love being surrounded by
femme energy, and just honoring one another, and supporting
one another, and uplifting one another, anytime that’s
happening, I’m 1000% there. – [Lele] You know what,
it’s crazy, cause I know you are a big Rosalía fan, cause
remember when I saw you in– – Who, I’m sorry? – Rosalía.
– Rosalía! Oh my god, yes, I was like
I couldn’t hear the words. Yes, huge, huge fan, I
remember we ran into each other backstage like crying our
faces off, like oh my god. – What does it mean to you,
that you’re presenting her. Like what do you think
she has done for music? – I think it’s such an honor obviously. I think she’s just an incredible force, her voice is just so
spectacular, her content, the way she applies herself to her music. How involved she is in her music. I think it’s just sending waves of just, inspiration for all of us
to kinda just up our game. Be even more involved in our shit, and like really be present
in our story telling. – I know you mentioned,
that you were gonna probably have some Spanish songs in your album. Is there maybe talk of
maybe working with Rosalía? – I would be honored to,
her and I are friends, so if it happens organically,
that’s the only way. I like for collaborations to
happen really organically. Just because we both admire each other, and respect each other’s work. I firmly believe that, that
could be a possibility. But we’ll see. We’re putting it into the universe, affirming things, it’s a full moon, bring em in. – Speaking your album, obviously
your fans are so excited. What can you talk about? – I’m so excited. – We’re just like so ready for this. – Thank you, I appreciate you being ready. I can’t wait, I’m gonna be
coming in 2020, for sure. I’ve been working and just solidifying, and getting some creative for videos done at the end of this year, and
wrapping that up this year. And yeah, I have a lot of
surprises coming for everyone top of the year too. That’s not necessarily my project, but still gonna be pretty
major moments in my life. So I’m really grateful
for the entire experience. Honestly I’m so grateful to
have been able to dive into my process and really get what I want out. – What are you learning about yourself in this process of making your
debut album? It’s a big deal. – What am I not learning,
I think is the question. I’ve been in such an introspective zone and just really kind of
peeling back layers of me, and diving into me and really
loving her as hard as possible and then the process of self
love and really finding that and really honoring
that and practicing that It’s one thing to talk about,
it’s another thing to act it. And to practice it every day so. This has been that. This writing process has been that for me, it’s really getting to know
myself and love myself. – I feel like 2020 is going to
be a really big year for you. I think so too. I think so too. I hoping, nah. I’m pray, I’m praying for it, I hope the energy from my ancestors, and you know, my spirit guides,
and god is just with me. And that’s all I can ask for you know. (mumbles) – Thank you, ah! OK last question you
might roll your eyes at me – Oh, Imma roll my eyes. Alicia Keys is here tonight I love her This is why you’re going
to roll your eyes at me. The Song you auditioned for an X factor, was an Alicia Keys song. I’m not gonna roll my eyes
and proud of that moment. I’m proud of that moment
a got me right here. – Have you met Alicia before? – I have. – Does she know they give
you had a conversation about? – Yeah Alicia and I have had
like beautiful interactions so far in my career and I’m so grateful for them. Like her and I, I feel like we haven’t had sat down and had that full on like conversation I know we’re going to have one day, but like the way that
we’ve just kind of flowed in and out of each other’s lives so far throughout my process, I think
has been super influential for me like I did a session
one time that I was in that she was doing and just seeing
her and her process was so inspiring to me and it just
opened up a brand new wave of song writing in my heart. So just yeah it’s so full circle, and I can’t wait until
it’s full full circle when we get in a studio
together, I’m excited. – Ooh 2020 for sure. Maybe tonight you have
another conversation. – Another little conversation
studio session maybe? – Awesome, thank you so much Lauren. Like I said we’re so excited
2020 it’s your year to shine. – Thank you so much. – So from the moment Billie
Eilish dropped her debut album in March, the teen superstar
has been breaking records left and right with When We All
Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She became the first artist
born in the 21st-century to hit the top of the Billboard 200. Now she’s the youngest to
nab Billboard’s year and number one Billboard’s 200
album, and this is crazy tonight she’ll be honored as our
youngest ever woman of the year. – Hey, she’s not even 18. And she’s not even allowed
to drive right past 11. – Soon though I know it’s crazy. – You know what I love about her, I told her, she loves her family so much, she goes on tour with them, and she’s having a tour
right tour in March, and I think Madison Square is sold out. And you know what she said, this is just the beginning for her. – It really is. I can’t wait to see, what’s going to happen with her, in 2020. It’s almost one of those things, where it’s like where do you go from here. I mean she played Coachella, she did SNL, she’s making her mark
also outside of music, to the marching for climate
change to empowering fans to dress and act how they want which is incredible for her, but she’s also championing–. championing– her peers in the industry. She’s proved hers is a formula that works, and works well but if
you need more convincing we have to check out her YouTube numbers cause this is wild. I’ve never seen this. (upbeat techno music) (upbeat techno music) – Well, Taylor Swift just arrived! And she looks absolutely amazing. Did you see her? – Yeah, that’s the Taylor
that people care about. – Let me introduce you! This is Taylor Hawkins of
Foo Fighters, of course. And we do care about you
too, Taylor, don’t worry. – Yes. – You’re honoring Alanis Morissette. – Yes I am. – Talk to me about your
friendship with her… – Well I was lucky enough to get the gig, playing with Alanis, when I was 23. Back in 1995, and um id met her manager
Scott, and he told me I’m have this girl, I’m managing this girl and
she’s making this record and so I met her, not far from
here, at Pantages Theatre. Where I was playing with another lady, and she said, I have this record and maybe…maybe you’ll play drums. And that was it. And it was like, three months went by, and then I get a call,
we’re doing tryouts, I go and I tryout and I got the gig, thank you, Alanis. And so we started rehearsing. But like, I got this three songs on
a cassette, back in the day and I heard “You Oughta Know,” (mumbles) Just like, no question. I just knew it, you knew it right away. And so we started rehearsing, and then the first song came out, and it just went completely bananas. – So you saw her go from being no one to someone? – Well I think she had a little
bit of success in Canada, but I mean, no one knew her in America, and then pretty much obscurity, and to see her go from like
zero to like a thousand. And I’m telling you,
like “You Oughta Know” came out, and within like a
week, it was just like bananas. – Well, its different now too. Well it was different
then than it was now. – Well, yeah. – You know in that sense, how was it working with her? And what’s maybe something
you learned from her? You can share like a story. Well you know she was young, and I was younger, and
she was younger than me. And she had to become a boss
of this massive industry like within a month. And she did it very gracefully. As a musician, she gave all of us, a lot of space. I said it before, ill say it again. I’d destroy her songs by putting all sorts of crazy drum
stuff, but she dug it. I don’t know, she was really open to that, she was like you know. She an artist, first and foremost. But giving, and she
gave us a lot of space, to be a cool band, within that, and then I just watched her become this like amazing fun person. – Awesome, well good luck tonight. I’m excited that you get
to be a part of this. – I need the luck on the speech. – You got this! Hey look, you killed this interview! So you’re good to go. Thank you so much, have fun tonight! And we’ll see you soon. Coming up next, we have
the lovely, Cyndi Lauper Cyndi! You look beautiful! I’m excited about tonight, I’m excited about this
solidarity of women in music. – Well you were an icon last year– – Yes, yes I was. – What does it mean to you to be an icon? How does that feel, to be Cyndi Lauper? I never think of myself
in the third person. Can’t do that, ever. I’m really excited to present
Billie Eilish with the award Woman of the Year, she’s the youngest one. (mumbles) – She’s not 18 yet. She turns 18 in a couple of weeks. – Oh she’s not 18, but
she’s a young woman. I think she’s very emotional, I think her voice is stunning
because of how emotional it is my favorite new acts are Billie and Lizzo. So those are my favorite gals
right now, I’m so excited. That…people are about something. – I love that you said that
Billie reminds you bit of yourself from when you were younger. – Like in 1983, but yeah. – No, but still though, what
would be your advice to her in maneuvering in this crazy industry? – No, just keep going… 2019 they say, is her
year, but it’s a long path, and as long as she continues
that’s what’s important. – Um last question, you said that Lizzo and Billie were your favorites,
and they were nominated for the Grammys in all
five major categories, like you were in 1985. – Well hopefully…I was
against all the titans. Everybody made a comeback,
The Police, The Cars, Tina Of course, Tina, it was
kind of an odd year. And knowing the history,
it was almost like, I wouldn’t have felt
comfortable if Tina didn’t win. – Do you remember that moment? Like obviously so young, to get
all those Grammy nominations Do you remember what that felt like? – Well, We were like the little engine that could, so that felt good that you could do that. – Awesome, well thank you
so much for hanging out. Good luck, tonight I feel honored
to be standing next to you – Well, and have a wonderful holiday, and remember, sisterhood
is a powerful thing. (mumbles) Remember to be supportive to each other. – Hi, Normani. We got Normani coming up right now. Queen in sparkles. – No you sparkly too. I can see the little
sparkles on the eye lids. – You’re no stranger to this show, you’ve been here before. – I have, I have. – What’s so special about
being here at women in music? – I mean, women are so powerful, you know we run things. And so many different things that we do, I think that we are more
than capable, and we’ve. We’ve definitely proven that
this year, especially in music. I mean, we’ve definitely done
many things and dominated. – I just wanna say (mumbles) the way you dance, is crazy… like wow. I just needed to say that. – I’m sure you can get it too. I’m sure you can move. As long as you know the music and have rhythm, somewhat. You can, I’m sure you can master anything. It’s all about growth. – [Lele] I love your song. – Motivation, it motivates us all. Speaking of music, obviously
you’re working on your debut album. – Yes. – And I know your fans are
all very anxious for it. – Oh my god, they were on
Twitter today asking me, where is the Christmas EP, like anything? – Talk to me about this
album, cause I know you’ve been working really hard on it. What’s a little tease you can give us. Something you haven’t said before. – Something that I haven’t said. I’ve been very inspired by like, I mean obviously 90s R&B, that’s just what I grew up listening to. But just in terms of vocal arrangement, like I’m really tapping into all parts of myself, you know, I’m not just
the artist that shows up, gets on stage and performs the record. Or go into the studio and cut the record. I’m producing, from the ground
up, with such amazing people that I wanted to work
with for such a long time. And they are teaching me,
so I’m writing on everything that I touch as well, I’ve been heavily,
heavily, heavily, involved. And it’s just been like wow. Like self discovery for me too cause it’s like oh I can actually
wear all these hats, and do them well. – Yes, and we cannot wait. Last question, obviously
it was kind of a sad week. Juice Wrld passed away. I just wanna know from your
point of view, as an artist, how do you think he’s gonna be remembered? – I mean, his legacy,
you know I think that for me, anyway, I think the
biggest thing that I want to leave people with, is
just how I made them feel. No ones every gonna forget
how you made them feel, and the impact you had as a human being. Nobody is gonna remember
the amount of awards, which is great you know, to get validated and rewarded for your hard
work, but it’s just like people won’t remember how many
Grammy’s or Billboard awards like they’ll remember the
impression that you made. And then what you left them with, so I think that his legacy and his music, obviously will continue
to live on forever. – Spoken so well, Normani. – Prayers out to his family. – Thank you so much, Normani. Have fun tonight! All the love, all the love at the carpet! Things are heating up at the carpet, they’ve been heating up all night long. So I can’t imagine what its
like inside the Palladium, let’s go ahead, and throw
it over to our girl, Danica, who I heard has an even
better view of the show, Danica, girlfriend, what is going on? I know, Chelsea, Lele,
don’t tell Taylor Swift because this might actually
be the best spot in the house, From uo here at the balcony
of the Hollywood Palladium, you can see all of the action,
and it’s pretty lit in here. All of the honorees are filing in, the show is about to begin we have a bunch honorees taking
pictures in our photobooth. All of the women look amazing, and more importantly, they
look very very powerful and ready to support one
another on this epic night. Now, as I was saying, from up here, the stage is quite gorgeous. And looking at the stage,
it’s really hard to not think about all of the amazing memories, and all the history
that’s been made up there. Like last year, when Ariana Grande, accepted her Woman of the
Year award from the legend that is Patti LaBelle. That was a moment, I will never forget, and then she performed
that stripped down version of “thank you, next.” It was pretty amazing. And I’ll also never forget, in 2016, when Madonna had
that powerful powerful speech about her turbulent rise to fame. It really just shows you how all of us, you know, we fall down, but
then we always get back up. I’m really excited, the
show is about to start. Hayley Kiyoko is about to take the stage. It’s gonna be epic! Chelsea, Lele, I am happy
to say that this is awesome. And what’s going on, on
the red carpet, girls? – Girlfriend, you have just
been killing it, back there so thank you so much, you
look beautiful as always. You lost the crown! – I lost the crown, I gave it to Taylor, I felt like she deserved it,
she’s the Woman of the Decade. – So real, well this year’s
Impact honoree, Alicia Keys is making an impression wherever she goes, her songs highlight the strength of women, form her 2001 single, “A Woman’s Worth” to a “Girl On Fire.” Last year, actually
right here, Alicia Keys launched her non-profit She Is The Music, to help grow the number of
women in the music industry. She Is The Music actually
has a creator committee, that actually comes from from like Missy Elliot
to Billie Eilish, I mean I think she’s spreading so
much positivity, it’s crazy. – Yeah, it’s awesome. So let’s go ahead and see how much of an impact she’s had on YouTube. (upbeat techno music) But the carpet is almost over! – It’s crazy cause I was so starstruck. so many times, I just stand back. – [Narrator] Women in music 2019. Presented by YouTube Music. With special tributes to Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Desiree Perez, Nikki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Brandi Carlile, and Alanis Morissette. And featuring performances by Rosalía, Megan Thee Stallion, and Tiana Major9. Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome Deanna Brown, President of MRC Media, and Hannah Karp, Editorial Director of Billboard. (applause) – Wow, what a room, what a room. Hello. Hey! Hey guys, welcome to
Billboard’s Women in Music. We’re so excited about tonight, and grateful to have you
all here to celebrate. We have a range of performances, from some of the best
artists in the business, while recognizing a group of diverse, and really powerful women who
have fundamentally changed, and shaped the music industry. It’s fitting that this will
be the standout year for us, because it’s been a standout
year for Billboard as well. This year for the first
time in Billboard’s history, the brand has a female president, and a female editorial director. (applause) I’m also so proud of the
perspective and focus that Hannah and her team have brought to this organization
and to the publication, and to the brand. This has been a year of taking stock, pushing boundaries,
and making Billboard an integral part of the industry. I get the honor of thanking our sponsors, and including our presenting
sponsor, YouTube music. (applause) We’re really excited
about the live streaming, and incredible show you’re about to see. I’d also like to thank the
other sponsors, our friends at Honda, American Express,
Bumble Bizz, Patron, Live Nation Women Nation, Fiji,
and JNSQ for their support. Hannah. – Before I introduce, tonight’s host, I wanted to salute the eighteen people, on the Recording Academy’s task force. Many of whom are in this room tonight. For a whole year, these
dedicated individuals invested serious time and effort, studying how to bring much
needed diversity and inclusion into the music industry. And today, they were
finally able to publish their strategic recommendations. The problems that they discovered, were not pretty, but
making the report public was a really important first step. And kudos to The Academy’s
new CEO, Deb Dugan. (applause) Who is leading the charge, to address the task force’s findings. So our host tonight, is somebody Billboard has adored since her breakout last year, and we honored her with the
Rising Star award last year. Hayley Kiyoko, is a prolific song writer. (cheering) Artist, director, and actress, and a strong voice for LGBTQ rights. She has become one of the most celebrated pop artists, since
releasing her last year’s landmark debut album Expectations, and over the past few months, Hayley has been rolling out
her inventive projects I’m Too Sensitive for This Shit. Which I think we can all relate to. We are so excited to have Hayley here, on the eve of her, the
release of her newest addition to the project, Runaway,
which is out tonight. Check it out. Let’s all give a warm welcome to tonight’s 2019 Billboard’s Women in
Music Host, Hayley Kiyoko. (applause) – Hello, everyone. Hi everyone, um, good evening. My name is Hayley Kiyoko, I am so excited to be
here with you tonight. Last year, I was here,
getting the Rising Star award, and I was just a hot, sobbing, mess. This year I am contractually
obligated to keep it together. So, there we go, plus
this is great practice for my very first show at
the Palladium in March, so– (cheering) You’re all invited, the
gays will be waiting, I am so grateful for the
women in our community, that made space for me
and let me know that they have my back as I
continue to carve my path in this industry. I’m so honored to be
here with you tonight, so thank you for having me. To celebrate the power of that support, and inspiration we women
provide for each other. The artists in this room have taught me a few things about … girls. They just wanna have fun… They do. All of the good ones go to hell. They do. And girls like girls, so there we go. We as women have become
increasingly creative, despite the challenges we all face. Fighting the pain, with our power, and joyously celebrating
exactly who we are. Out of necessity, we have
made music that is bolder, braver, more emotional, and
more exciting than ever. We have been prolific, so there you go. (applause) In 2019, more female rappers
debuted on the hot 100, than any year before. We have collaborated, our Trailblazer honoree, Brandi Carlile, who is somewhere in here. Co-founded the powerhouse Highwomen, and co-produced
Tanya Tucker’s new album. This year, Deb Dugan, was
named the president and CEO of The Recording Academy,
the first woman to do so. We have broken boundaries,
ladies and gentlemen, we have broken boundaries. Women aren’t given the same space, in the industry, as men. We’re under represented as
producers, song writers, label heads, even as performing
artists in country radio. But we see each other, and we are helping each other be seen. With cultural and technological shifts, corporate investments
and new distributions models such as Spotify and YouTube. Women like Dawn Ostroff,
and Susan Wojcicki have taken the strategic lead. All of these combined efforts
have made our relationships with fans stronger and
in return have given fans ability to connect with
us on a deeper level. We are collectively making sure, the next group of young women
welcomed onto the stage, have all the freedom, acceptance, access, and opportunity that they deserve. And as I was writing
this speech my dad said, “The world is our oyster and we are making nothing but big beautiful pearls.” (applause) So there you go. So tonight wouldn’t be
possible without YouTube Music. As our exclusive presenting sponsor, they are part of giving
women a stage, literally. Let’s give them a big thank you, for providing us this space,
and time to life each other up. And now, let’s start our celebration. This year, Billboard Women in Music, has been around long enough to recognize our first Woman of the Decade. Here to present that
award, is Jameela Jamil. A universally adored actress, and a committed activist who fights for acceptance and inclusivity. Her iweigh movement is so inspiring, she encourages women to weigh themselves by who they are, what they do, rather than the number on the scale. So, let’s give a very warm
welcome to Jameela Jamil. – How are you? I’m a bit taller than I
was supposed to be, okay. Oh Jesus, okay. So, ten years ago, tonight’s
honoree released Speak Now, which was hailed right from its release, as a defining album of the new decade. She had already released two other albums, and was already a superstar. In fact, for Fearless,
Taylor Swift had become the youngest solo artist to win Album of the Year, in Grammy history. But, this third release
established the authority, and grace (laughs) that we know and love in Taylor Swift today. Taylor wrote all of the
songs in Speak Now herself, a reaction to criticism
that she hadn’t written her previous hits, I
mean, she was like 12. With that album, she
proved, without a doubt, her ability as a song writer, and her refusal to be silenced. Now here we are a decade later. Taylor Swift has won more
American music awards than any other artist ever. She’s won ten Country
Music Awards, ten Grammys, her Grammy for 1989
made her the first woman to win album of the year,
twice, for her own albums. She’s– (applause) Yeah, it’s not bad. She’s revolutionized
how we artists, actors, and public figures of any
kind use social media, to interact with fans. And as of this fall all of
her albums have gone platinum. It’s good. (applause) And while she has moved
effortlessly between genres she still kept a foothold
in country air waves, at a time when women are grossly under represented in country radio. She has taken on powerful men, and quietly steadily held her own. Sometimes not that quietly. She fights for musicians rights. She advocates for the
LGBTQ community vocally, and substantial philanthropy. She never ever misses an
opportunity to call out horrendous gender
inequality in this industry. Insured Taylor Swift has
become someone who looks the industry in the world in the eye and demands that she and
the rest of us artists deserve the right to make
the art that we are making. (applause) So it’s been quite the decade, I’m exhausted just reading that out. It’s a lot, let’s take a look. ♪ I promise that you’ll never
find another like me-e-e ♪ ♪ Ooh-Ooh-Ooh-Ooh ♪ ♪ I’m the only one of me ♪ ♪ Baby, that’s the fun of me ♪ ♪ And I promise that nobody’s
gonna love you like me-e-e ♪ ♪ And I’m so sick of them ♪ ♪ Coming at me again
(coming at me again!) ♪ ♪ Cause if I was a man (if I was a man) ♪ ♪ Then I’d be the man ♪ ♪ I’d be the man ♪ ♪ I’d be the man ♪ ♪ Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh ♪ ♪ You need to calm down ♪ ♪ You need to calm down,
you’re being too loud ♪ ♪ Just not step on our gowns ♪ ♪ You need to calm down ♪ (applause) And now, ladies and gentlemen, the first ever, Billboard
Woman of the Decade honoree, Taylor Swift. (cheering) (“The Man” playing) – Absolutely love this one, right? This is, this is sort of
a, it’s not a short speech. So just, I don’t want this to slip, and break because it’s
very important to me. Thank you so much. She’s so supportive, we
all need someone like that. I’m Taylor, good evening. I wanna first thank Billboard
from the bottom of my heart, for this honor, for whoa this is going great
so far, excellent, okay. I want to say thank you
so much to Billboard for giving me this honor. For naming me as their
Woman of the Decade. So what does it mean to be
the Woman of this Decade? Well it means I’ve seen a lot, When this decade began I was 20 years old, and I had put out my self titled
debut album when I was 16, and then the album that would become my breakthrough album,
which was called Fearless, and I saw that there was a world of music, and experience beyond country music that I was really curious about. I saw pop stations send
my songs “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” to
number one for the first time. And I saw that as a
female in this industry some people will always have
slight reservations about you whether you deserve to be there, whether your male producer or a co-writer is the reason for your success or whether it was a savvy record label. It wasn’t. I saw that people love to explain away a woman’s success in the music industry. And I saw something in me
change due to this realization, this was the decade when I
became a mirror for my detractors whatever they decided I couldn’t do, is exactly what I did. (applause) Oh I’ll take it, thanks. Whatever they criticize the
material for musical satires, or inspirational anthems. And the best lyrical
examples I can think of are songs like “Mean,” “Shake
It Off,” and “Blank Space.” Basically if people had
something to say about me I usually said something
back in my own way. And this reflex dictated
more than just my lyrics, when Fearless did win Album
of the Year at the Grammy’s, and I did become the youngest solo artist to ever win the award, with
that win came criticism and backlash in 2010 that
I’d never experienced before, as a young new artist. All of a sudden people had
doubts about my singing voice. Was it strong enough? Was I a little bit pitchy? All of a sudden they weren’t sure if I was the one writing songs. Because sometimes in the past, I had had co-writers in the room. At that time I couldn’t understand why this wave of harsh
criticism had hit me so hard. Um, I believe a popular headline back then was a swift backlash. Which is clever you got to give it to em. And now I realize that, this is just what happens
to a woman in music, if she achieves success or power beyond peoples comfort level. I now have come to expect
that with good news, comes some sort of pushback. But I didn’t know that then. So then I decided that I
would be the only songwriter on my third album Speak Now. And that I would tour constantly, work on my vocals every day, and perfect my stamina in a live show. I decided I would be what
they said I couldn’t be. I didn’t know then that soon enough people would decide on something else I wasn’t quite doing right. And then the circle would
keep going on and on, and rolling along and I
will keep accommodating, over correcting, in an
effort to appease my critics. They’re saying I’m dating
too much in my 20s. Okay, I’ll stop, Ill
just be single for years. Now they’re saying my album Red is filled with too many break up songs. OK I’ll make one about moving to New York, and deciding that really my life is more fun with just my friends. Oh they’re saying my
music is changing too much for me to stay in country music. All right, okay. Here’s an entire genre shift,
and a pop album called 1989. (applause) Ah, you heard it? Sick. Now it’s that I’m showing you too many pictures of me with my friends. Okay, I could stop doing that too. Now I’m actually a calculated manipulator, rather than a smart business woman? Okay, I’ll disappear from
public view for years. Now I’m being cast as a villain to you, okay here’s an album called Reputation, and there are lots of snakes everywhere. In the last ten years, I have watched as women in
this industry are criticized and measured up to each other, and picked at for their
bodies, their romantic lives, their fashion, or have
you ever heard someone say about a male artist, “I
really like his songs, but I don’t know what it
is, there’s just something about him, I don’t like.” No! That criticism is reserved for us! But you know, I’ve learned
that the difference between those who can continue to create in that climate usually comes down to this who lets that scrutiny break them, and who just keeps making art. I’ve watched as one of my
favorite artists of this decade Lana Del Rey, was ruthlessly criticized– Yes, yeah, thank you. (applause) We have similar tastes, I like it. She was ruthlessly criticized
in her early career, and then slowly but surely she turned into, in my opinion, the most influential artist in pop. Her vocal styling, her
lyrics, her aesthetics, they’ve been echoed and repurposed in every corner of music. And this year, her incredible album is nominated for Album of
the Year at the Grammy’s. Because she just kept making art. And that example should inspire all of us. That the only way forward,
is forward motion. That we shouldn’t let
obstacles like criticism, slow down the creatives
forces that drive us. And I see that fire, in the newer faces, in our music industry whose
work I absolutely love. I see it in Lizzo, Rosalía, Tayla Parx, Hayley Kiyoko, King
Princess, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Megan Thee
Stallion, Princess Nokia, Nina Nesbitt, Sigrid, Normani, H.E.R., Maggie Rogers, Becky
G, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, …Billie Eilish. (applause) And so many other amazing women, who are making music right now. Female artists in music have dominated this decade in growth,
streaming, record and ticket sales, and critical acclaim. So, why are we doing so well? Because we have to grow fast. We have to work this hard. We have to prove, that we deserve this. And we have to top our last achievements. Women in music, onstage
or behind the scenes, are not allowed to coast. We are held at a higher, sometimes impossible feeling, standard. And it seems that my fellow female artists have taken this challenge, and they have accepted it. It seems like the pressure
that could’ve crushed us made us into diamonds instead. And what didn’t kill us, actually did make us stronger. But we need to keep advocating for women in the recording studios,
behind the mixing board, in A&R meetings because rather than fighting to be taken
seriously in their fields, these women are still struggling to even have a chance to be in the room. (applause) We now find ourselves
fully immersed in a vast frontier that wasn’t around last decade and that is streaming world. In music we’re always walking hand-in-hand with technology, and
sometimes that is so awesome like how now we’re able
to just drop a song that we made yesterday. I’ve spoken out in the past, about the future of
revenue flow for creators, and the song writers and producers who being left behind due to
these rapid shifts and changes. I still don’t think that record contracts or producers agreements
have fully caught up. And I hope that in the next decade we can keep searching
for the right solution for producers, song writers, and creators. Don’t you? (applause) Lately there’s been a new shift that has affected me personally. And that I feel is a
potentially harmful force in our industry, and as
your resident loud person, I feel the need to bring it up. And that is the unregulated
world of private equity, coming in and buying up our
music as if it is real estate. As if it’s an app or a shoe line. This just happened to
me without my approval, consultation, or consent. After I was denied the
chance to purchase my music, out right, my entire catalog
was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the the Soros family, 23 Capital and the Carlyle Group. Yet, to this day none of these investors have ever bothered to contact
me or my team directly. To perform their due
diligence on their investment, on their investment in me. To ask how I might feel about
the new owner of my art. The music I wrote, the videos I created, photos of me, my hand
writing, my album designs, and of course Scooter never contacted me or my team to discuss
it prior to the sale, or even when it was announced. I’m fairly certain he knew exactly how I’d feel about it though. And let me just say that the definition of the toxic
male privilege in our industry is people saying, “But he’s
always been nice to me,” when I’m raising valid
concerns about artists and their rights to own their music. And of course he’s nice to you, if you’re in this room you
have something he needs. The fact is that private equity is what enabled this man to think, according to his own social media post, that he could buy me. But I’m obviously not going willingly. Yet the most amazing
thing was to discover, that it would be the women in our industry who would have my back, and show me the most vocal support at one of the most difficult times, and I will never ever forget it. Like… ever. (applause) But to conclude, I will
say that in 10 years I’ve seen forward steps in our industry. In our awareness, our inclusion, our ability to start
calling out unfairness, and misconduct. I’ve seen the advent of social media, the way it can boost the
breakthrough of emerging artists. And I’ve seen fans become more engaged, and supportive than ever before. I’ve leaned on that support. And it has kept me in a
place where no matter what, I always wanted to keep
making music for them. I was up on a stage in
New York City in 2014 accepting Billboard Woman of the Year. And I was talking about
the future of streaming. How we needed to make
that the female artists, writers and producers of the
next generation were protected and compensated fairly. This was before my record
deal with Universal last year, that would
contractually guarantee that the artists on the
roster be paid upon any sale of their Spotify shares un-recoupable. So thank you for that. (applause) This speech I’m referring
to was on my 25th birthday, and I’m about to turn 30 tonight, woo! But my exact quote during this speech was, “I really just feel like
we need to continue to try to offer something to a
younger generation of musicians because somewhere right now, your future woman of the year, is probably sitting in a piano
lesson or in a girls choir and today right now we
need to take care of her.” I’ve since learned that
at that exact moment an 11-year-old girl in
California really was taking piano lessons, and
really was in a girls choir. And this year she has been
named Woman of the Year at the age of 17, her name is Billie. (applause) And those are the stories
we need to think about every day as we do our
jobs within this industry. The ones where people’s dreams come true, and they get to create music
and play it for people. The ones were fans feel
a connection to music, that makes their day easier, makes their night more fun, makes their love feel more sacred, or their heartache feel less isolating. The ones were all of you in this room stand as an example for someone
else in the next generation who loves the same thing
that we love, music. And no matter what else
enters the conversation we will always bring it back to music. And as for me, lately I’ve been focusing less on doing what they say I can’t do and more on doing
whatever the hell I want. Thank you for a magnificent,
happy, free, confused sometimes lonely but mostly golden decade. I’m honored to be here tonight. I feel very lucky to be with you. Thank you so much. (applause) (“The Man” playing) – Okay, everyone. Our next award is The
Executive of the Year. To present that award, is Roc Nation’s Vice Chairman, Jay Brown. Please give him a very
warm welcome to the stage. (upbeat techno music) ♪ Yeah, I’m out that Brooklyn ♪ ♪ Now I’m down in Tribeca ♪ ♪ Right next to DeNiro ♪ – Good evening. What is a super hero? To me, she is fearless, she is a champion, she saves the day. Desiree Perez is our
real life Wonder Woman. She has rock solid integrity, and achieves both the possible and impossible in everything she does. If Des were an athlete, she’d
be the greatest of all time. She is a born leader, who has laser focused energy, and she always stands by
our team until the very end. Desiree lives and breathes loyalty. And when she commits to a cause, her dedication is unprecedented. Desiree’s most powerful weapon, is actually leading with her heart. Desiree has underwritten
medical bills for those in need. She has spent countless hours,
fighting the justice system on behalf of the wrongfully accused. She has even found the time to aid and rescue animals in danger. Though extremely private, there is no one more passionate about helping those who
cannot help themself. The truest test of one person’s character is what he or she does
when no one is watching. Desiree exemplifies through her actions, that she is a true humanitarian. Desiree’s heroic attributes paired with her extreme discipline work ethic is the (mumbles) success at Roc Nation. (applause) – [DJ Khaled] Bless up Billboard! And bless up Des! Des congratulations on this amazing award, Executive of The Year, well deserved. You are one of the best executives I’ve ever worked with in my life. You are a powerful queen, you are amazing. – Nobody deserves this
recognition more than you! You’re the absolute hardest
working person I know. Nobody cares more, has
more energy, sleeps less and does more to make
the world a better place. – Des is brilliant, tireless,
fearless and empathetic. Truly an unstoppable
force, I love her so much. – ROC Nation wouldn’t be
where it was without you. You’re one of the smartest,
hardest working executives I’ve ever worked with. Thrilled to be your partner, and certainly glad that I’m
on your side, congratulations. – You know we already know
how intelligent you are. How hard you fight for us. As artists, man, we
appreciate you (mumbles). (applause) – Tonight it gives me great honor, and I couldn’t be more proud to stand here present this year’s Executive of the Year award to my sister, and the new CEO of Roc Nation. ♪ Yeah, yeah I’m out that Brooklyn ♪ ♪ Now I’m down in Tribeca ♪ ♪ Right next to DeNiro ♪ ♪ But I’ll be hood forever ♪ ♪ I’m the new Sinatra ♪ ♪ And since I made it here ♪ ♪ I can make it anywhere ♪ ♪ Yeah, they love me everywhere ♪ ♪ I used to cop in Harlem ♪ ♪ All of my Dominicano’s
right there up on Broadway ♪ – Oh my goodness. Thank you so much, Jay Brown. Thank you everyone. Good evening, everyone. First I wanna thank
Billboard for this award. I really appreciate and want to say, I can’t even tell you what I
put Hannah through to be here. I change my mind many times cause this is the first time I’ve ever accepted an award publicly, and I wasn’t sure if I even
wanted to be here tonight. But I do, and you guys all look beautiful, and thank you for having me. I have– (applause) Thank you, thank you. I wanna start with on
of my favorite poems, not my favorite poems, a quote from one of my
favorite poets actually. “Life shrinks or expands in
proportion to one’s courage. As an industry, women’s
have the courage to challenge the status
quo, to seek innovation, and even if it’s at the
detriment of our comfort. It’s our duty, nothing will be improved unless it’s challenged, and disruption will always take courage. For the men in this room, thank you for supporting all these women, and for them obviously
improving your work, and your lives but there’s a lot more that you guys have to do,
we have to do a lot more. We have to create a better work culture. We have to create a culture
that creates equality, and that people actually
believe in the women that they’re working
with at whatever position that they’re in, it really doesn’t matter. And that kind of leads
me right into Roc nation, in kind of a little off script here, but since I want to actually turn around. Jay, I can’t put into words
how much you mean to me, Jay. The nurturing and guidance, your invaluable instincts
and knowledge and patience. You taught me to trust
myself to do what’s right, not what’s easiest. You’ve cultivated values of respect, and integrity at Roc Nation. And most importantly to believe that everything is possible, if you’re willing to
work hard enough for it. For everyone who asks
me, “How do you do it?” Because I work day and night. You’re my inspiration,
you’re my North star. You predicted this 20 years ago. You said, “You’re going
to run all our shit.” And I’m forever grateful
that you saw in me what I didn’t see in myself. My response was, “You’re crazy.” And thank you, my brother, for always seeing our next dream, and for your continuous love and support. Brown… You’re always smiling. Always looking to give something nice, or to do something nice, or to give someone something, without anyone actually
knowing that you did it. You’ve always call me to every match, and encourage me so, and you always proudly
introduce me as your partner and sister and have always treated me as your equal with the upmost respect. These are my partners, so that’s why I’m talking
to each one of them. (applause) Juan, my husband and partner, you compel my strength, and your complete faith in me
at every turn is unwavering. You’re always praising
me, especially to others sometimes I’m embarrassed
because people meet me and they expect to see a superhero. You swear I can do the impossible, and frankly I kind of
started believing it. You’re my rock, my shepherd,
who led me to this moment, and without you, there is no me. I love you all, band
of the hand, for life. (applause) I also want to recognize
our outstanding partners. You know Live Nation, Michael
Rapino, and Kathy Willard, talk about strong women, and Omar, we are forever grateful for
you guys believing in us. And always standing by us. We have total in all the
companies that we have, 450 employees, over half are
women, and half are minorities. (applause) We have some Roc Nation
executives here tonight, in the table right behind Jay’s. They’re some of the most amazing women, never mind in the music industry. And we actually have 13 different
verticals in our company of different businesses. And so I’ll tell you a little
bit about our businesses, and how we disrupt. We have the first minority
owned luxury champagne. We have the first and only
minority owned streaming service. Our cognac is the fastest growing spirit in the history of spirits,
in the last five years. We have a publishing
division that by Tamara, who I understand actually started this when she was working for
Billboard twelve years ago. – [Desiree] We disrupt. I mean, our first agent
in football is a female. Her name is Kim Miale,
she’s sitting right there. She actually represents the biggest, I mean, the most renowned
names in football. Like Saquan Barkley. We brokered the top footwear deal in the history of
footwear at $350 million. We changed the way Billboard
thinks about the charts, if you guys ever remember Magna Carta. The philanthropy division, that we do so much incredible work with is Dania and Towalame who is
sitting over there as well. Our partnership with the NFL, is just one of the
partnership that we have. But Jana and Missy, I’m sorry. Jana and Missy, spearheaded,
and work on it all day long. And it couldn’t be where it
is, if it weren’t for them. One of the presidents of
our music label is Shari, I believe she’s here, all
these women executives. (applause) And lastly I want to thank the people that along the
way make you feel good and put their arms around you and they don’t even know it. I want to thank Dennis Kooker who has been an ally for me throughout. Julie Greenwald and Kyser, thank you for encouraging
me on so many levels. And thank you to our incredible partners Jeff Harleston, Jody Gerson,
Lucian Grainge, Michele Anthony who continually innovate,
and trust us to disrupt. Roc nation was founded a decade ago, to offer artists and athletes a foundation to build and empower their
blueprint for success. Thank you to our family. Rihanna forever grateful to you, Meek Mill, (mumbles) Gotti,
Joe, Khaled, Alicia, Kyrie. The list goes on, so
much incredible talent that I get to work with
every day, I love them. Me standing here today
is a result of that. I’m the beneficiary of a
long career of support, encouragement, and equality, with the people that I work, and for. And I am forever thankful for that, and for your recognition today, and the best part of me are my children. Thank you God, and thank you everyone. (applause) ♪ Cruisin’ down 8th St., off white Lexus ♪ ♪ Drivin’ so slow, but BK is from Texas ♪ ♪ Me, I’m out that Bed-Stuy,
home of that boy Biggie ♪ – Wow, tonight is so amazing. The energy from this room is incredible, and I hope tonight refuels you to dream bigger and to be bolder. To help introduce tonight’s
Rising Star award, presented by Honda, we love Honda! I’m a Honda fan, Japanese. I’d like to welcome to the stage, Vicki Poponi, Vice President of Honda. (applause) – Hello, it’s truly an honor
to be here this evening. To present the Billboard Woman in Music Rising Star award, presented by Honda. But what we’re really
doing tonight all of us, is recognizing some remarkable and inspiring women in the music industry. Who, like Honda, share a
fierce challenging spirit as well as the strength, and determination to realize a dream. This year Honda celebrated 60 years in the US of pursuing it’s own dream. Starting business right
here in Los Angeles, in a small store front
office on Pico Boulevard. From our Honda engineers who compete in the epic all female rebel rally, to our long standing support of the top female NCAA
athletes in the country. Honda is committed to creating a culture that encourages our
employees, communities, and customers to never give
up on pursuing their dreams. Our Honda Civic tour has
been supporting up-and-coming artist in the music industry
for nearly 20 years. Our Honda stage music program
has deepened commitment. Tonight I’m especially
proud to share with you that 9 of the 11 artists featured in our Honda stage
program in 2019 are women. (cheering) Yes. Including the woman I have the privilege of
recognizing this evening. Tonight the Rising Star
award presented by Honda will honor Rosalía. (applause) And ours whose unique style and talent truly transcends musical genres with a sound that is all her own. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor, to welcome in Lauren Jauregui to the stage to introduce Rosalía. Thank you. (mellow techno music) Our 2019 Rising Star, is rising so fast, it’s cosmic. Her energy has taken the world by storm. Just a few weeks ago,
she won album of the year at the Latin Grammy Awards. Making her the first solo female performer to win that awards since Shakira in 2006. She has also been nominated
for two American Grammy’s including one for best new artist with a full Spanish language album. (applause) Rosalia has the depth of an artist who has been with us for generations. She has collaborated
with creative supernovas Pharrell, James Blake and J Balvin. She fuses flamenco with
the sounds of today, using interesting sonic scapes to make innovative music
we can lose ourselves in. She samples nontraditional sounds for her offbeats, and confronts real life issues in her lyrics. Rosalía is not afraid of anything. Her melodies, vision, and voice create an experience that transports us. Rosalía credits a range
of female musicians in her childhood inspiration. And at this rate she is rising, countless future musicians
will say the same for her. (techno music) – [Rosalía] Music is beyond words. And my music, it has a lot
of different influences. (Spanish music) (applause) (cheering) ♪ Quítate de mi presencia ♪ ♪ Que me estás martirizando ♪ ♪ Quítate de mi presencia ♪ ♪ Que me estás martirizando ♪ ♪ Ya la memoria me trae ♪ ♪ Cosas que estaba olviando ♪ ♪ Ya la memoria me trae ♪ ♪ Cosas que estaba olviando ♪ ♪ Ponme la mano aquí, Catalina ♪ ♪ Ponme la mano aquí ♪ (cheering) ♪ Ponme la mano aquí que la tienes fría ♪ ♪ Mira que me fui a morir ♪ (clapping) ♪ La china que tenía ♪ ♪ Se fue a Alemania y no ha volvío ♪ ♪ La china que tenía ♪ ♪ Se fue a Alemania y no ha volvío ♪ ♪ Y a Alemania me voy ♪ ♪ Y no a divertirme ♪ ♪ A tomar un veneno ♪ ♪ Yo quiero morirme ♪ ♪ Ponme la mano aquí que la tienes fría ♪ ♪ Ponme la mano aquí, Catalina mía ♪ ♪ Mira que me fui a morir ♪ ♪ Mira que me fui a morir ♪ ♪ Mira que me fui a morir ♪ ♪ Manito de mi corazón ♪ ♪ Qué bien tú sabrás
que me estoy muriendo ♪ ♪ Y te pido y te encomiendo
que llames a un escribano ♪ ♪ También a mi primo hermano ♪ ♪ Quisiera hacer testamento ♪ ♪ Como esos payos con fundamento ♪ ♪ Apúnteme usted, señor escribano ♪ ♪ Apúnteme usted, señor escribano ♪ ♪ Apúnteme usted una escopeta ♪ ♪ Que no tiene ya ni cañón ni baqueta ♪ ♪ Apúnteme usted, señor escribano ♪ ♪ Apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Ya apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Ya apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Ya apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Ya apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Ya apúnteme usted ♪ ♪ Señor ♪ ♪ Señor ♪ ♪ Señor escribano ♪ (cheering) ♪ Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Di mi nombre ♪ ♪ Cuando no haya nadie cerca ♪ ♪ Cuando no haya nadie cerca ♪ ♪ Cuando no haya nadie cerca ♪ ♪ Que las cosas ♪ ♪ Que las cosas que me dices ♪ ♪ Que las cosas que me dices ♪ ♪ No salgan por esa puerta ♪ ♪ Y átame con tu cabello ♪ ♪ A la esquina de tu cama ♪ ♪ Que aunque el cabello se rompa ♪ ♪ Haré ver que estoy ata’a ♪ ♪ Que aunque el cabello se rompa ♪ ♪ Haré ver que estoy ata’a (Ata’a) ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Di mi nombre ♪ ♪ ♪ Que mira, que mira, que
mira, que mira mira mira mira ♪ ♪ Pon tu cuerpo contra el mío ♪ ♪ Y haz que lo malo sea bueno ♪ ♪ Impuro lo bendeci’o ♪ ♪ Y hazme rezar sobre tu cuerpo ♪ ♪ Y en la esquina de tu cama ♪ ♪ Y en el último memento ♪ ♪ Dime mi nombre a la cara ♪ ♪ Y en el último memento ♪ ♪ Dime mi nombre a la cara ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ay, Ali, Ali, Ali,
Ali, Ali, Ali, Yali ya ♪ ♪ Ali ♪ (cheering) – And now our 2019 Rising Star, presented by Honda, Rosalía. (cheering) – Wow, thank you so much. Ay dios, mio. Wow, okay, first of all, Billboard, thank you so much. You know, it’s an incredible honor something like this, is an
incredible honor, for me. For somebody who makes music in Spanish, and I feel so grateful. Thank you. Um, also thanks to my friend, Hunter. Thank you for coming tonight, to join me, I love you so much. You know, I was born in Barcelona, and well, in a very matriarchal family. There was a lot of women, in my family that were super strong. My mom, I remember, she used to do so many things. Like, I don’t know, how she do so many
things at the same time. She was amazing. And, also my sister and I, we used to play a lot
when we were teenagers. We used to, como vestirnos
(like dress-up), in costumes. You know, like crazy costumes, we used to take pictures,
one to each other, and we used to create looks. I remember, and honestly, Pili I am not proud of all the looks we did. But, that’s another story, okay. Also I met my manager, has been very important for me, Rebeca. Two years ago. (applause) And it was kind of,
como algo clavé para me, to meet you Rebeca, you are the bravest. Sorry for my English, I do my best. You know, (laughs). But you know, with Rebeca we had this, clear vision, we wanted
to create a whole team made up of women. And that was so important
for us, you know, and… yeah. We couldn’t have done, I couldn’t have done
everything I did, without you. Thank you Pilar, thank you Pili. Rebeca, Cayetana, Jenifer, Erica, Diana, (mumbles), Sam, Vivian, oh my god, so many names. Um, yeah. All these names are important to me. And thank you, thank you,
thank you for all your support. For everything, Jodi, thank you. I don’t know where you
are Jodi, but thank you. (applause) When I was 15, 16, I started going to the studio, and my biggest inspirations were women. Like Lola Flores from
Spain, or Janis Joplin, or Patti Smith. I remember going to the studio, and I was like okay so
the engineer is a man. And then, the producer he’s a man, too. And I was in college, studying music and all the
musicians were men, too. You know, which is, it was cool, but– (laughs) But not, you know, c’mon c’mon and I will never stop
till I found and I see, the same number of women,
as men in the studio. (cheering) Punto. As simple as that. And we are here thanks to all the women, who came before us. And we’re gonna be here, for all those who are coming. Thank you so much. Good evening, enjoy! (applause) (upbeat techno music) – Give it up, one more time for Rosalía. (applause) She is amazing. Wow… Hi everyone. I appreciate all the laughs, the last time I hosted something was my talent show in high school, so this is really nice. Thank you so much. Next stop is our American
Express Impact award. (Cheering) The award is about empowering
the next generation of artists and leaders. Here to help present the award, is someone who has honored
this same commitment in the TV industry. CEO and Chairman Emeritus
of BET network, Debra Lee. (Cheering) From her first day– Oh, no no no no no, I have some nice things to say. From her first days as
in-house counsel for the brand, and throughout her 30 year tenure, Debra has made BET the number one network among African-American
viewers for 17 years. She launched leading women defined, held numerous social advocacy campaigns, and is involved in Times Up. Now let’s welcome Debra Lee to the stage. (Upbeat techno music) – Where’d she go ? Good evening. I’m delighted to be here tonight, and I want to go back a little bit, and say I never forgot back in 2001, when a 20-year-old Alicia Keys took the stage to sing “Fallen,” at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. Everyone in the room, myself included, was mesmerized. We were in the presence of a true star, who was about to take over the world. So fast forward to 2019, and her new single “Show Me Love,” has become her 11th number one on Billboard’s adult R&B songs chart. (Cheering) Her star has only become brighter. Throughout her career, Alicia has become so much more, than the incredible artist
we see on the stage. She is one of the most
generous people I know, and uses her spotlight, to shine a light on others. Alicia recognizes her influence, and the responsibility that
she has to lift others up. She also recognizes the importance, of committing to something
bigger than ourselves, to fearlessly seek equality, and create opportunities for others. As women in this industry, we all understand the
inequality that exists. Alicia has spent her career, fighting against this inequality, and has empowered young
girls, and women everywhere, to fight for their seat at the table. (Applause) Alicia continues to inspire us all, to work harder every day. On top of all she takes
on as a musical artist, she commits herself to the greater good. She works to erase the
impossible standards set by the beauty industry, and encourages girls to embrace their unique qualities
that make them so special. Alicia’s nonprofit, She Is The Music, has created incredible opportunities- (Cheering) Opportunities for female songwriters, engineers, producers, and artists, and because of this we can see a future in the music industry, that is more equal and representative. To help me present the
American Express Impact Award to the incredible Alicia Keys. (Cheering) I’d like to welcome to the stage a business woman, who has
dedicated so much of her work, to supporting other women. Through American Express’ partnerships, she has helped make concerts and festivals more exciting for fans and artists alike. Please welcome, Deborah Curtis, Vice President of Global Brand Experiences and Partnerships at American Express. (Applause) Thank you, Debra. I’m so honored to present
this award to Alicia. An incredible musician,
business women, activist, mentor and Amex card member. Each year, the American
Express Impact Award recognizes a woman who has
had the backs of other women. Both in the music industry and beyond. The honor goes to a woman using her voice to empower new leaders
through her public persona, platforms, and philanthropic efforts. Driving and inspiring social
change on a global scale. Alicia Keys embodies this mission, and American Express’ commitment to women making an impact in the industry today, and those paving the way for the future. Throughout her career, Alicia has not just spoken truth to power. She has sought to lend
her power to others. She believes that the
best use of her success is to help others succeed, and she knows success is
born from more than talent. Alicia recognizes that systemic inequality keeps some talent from reaching the stage. So she has fought that
inequality with all her heart. She Is The Music has
connected female musicians around the world and fostered group, and individual mentorships. Just this week, Alicia
provided invaluable coaching, and mentorship to a group of emerging song writers and producers. Alicia, we were so honored
to partner with you, to bring this camp to life. I’d now like to show a short video, highlighting some of
Alicia’s incredible work. Let’s play the video please. – [Alicia] Art is really more powerful, than any other medium. You can be provoked in a way, that nothing else can provoke you. That other way of caring
yourself, holding yourself, dressing, talking, speaking,
singing, laughing, whatever. ♪ New york ♪ ♪ This girl is on fire ♪ If you’re a woman, and you’re in music, you need to be a part of this. – [Ann] Alicia loves activism, she loves giving opportunities, she loves giving back, she loves being able to teach. – [Alicia] Since we
started She Is The Music, the most beautiful thing, has been to see us all
intertwining and connecting. Cause we are more powerful together. It’s a beautiful thing. To be able to share our journeys together, is kind of the magic of life. (applause) – For nearly, two decades, Alicia’s work has kept us
awake, alive, and inspired. And for that we are all so grateful. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, this year’s American Express, Impact Award winner, Alicia Keys. (Cheering) ♪ Show me love ♪ ♪ Love ♪ ♪ Show me love like, you see red lights ♪ ♪ And you crashed in it ♪ ♪ Like a deer inside of headlights ♪ ♪ Yeah, I showed you love like ♪ ♪ It was passionate ♪ ♪ I just wanna bask in it ♪ ♪ Winnin’ it like a championship ♪ ♪ You gon’ show me love like, ♪ ♪ Like you tried it and denied it ♪ ♪ But you still let me apply it ♪ ♪ Like I made you put your ties on ♪ ♪ Show me lo-o-ove, ♪ ♪ Even when you don’t got time to ♪ ♪ I’ll be there to find ya ♪ – This is like a real
real serious thing guys. Thank y’all so much. Thank you so– For second I was getting
a little embarrassed, you know how that happens. Were y’all feeling a
little embarrassed for me? Like man, she’s sitting
in that chair like winner, when they gonna call her? No, I honestly still a
little crazy sometimes. It really means a lot, all
of the beautiful words, and you know the support
and the blessings, and the love and I was
just saying outside. That this is one of the most. The energy in this surrounding
Billboard Women In Music, is so powerful, like you feel it. You know what I mean, you come
in here and you feel it so, there’s so many incredible
people in his room tonight. I just need to feel like
the genuine real love, okay. Not just for me, for us like
for all of us in this room. Can I feel it? Can I feel it? Like yeah! Right, like yeah? Like we here and we’re amazing, and we are you know just on our journeys, and we’re figuring it out, and
we’re supporting each other, and we wanna lift each other up, and we want to celebrate
each other’s badass-ness. I mean, damn, this table
right here is kind of crazy. Like, this is a serious
room, you know what I mean. With beautiful souls, both men and women, here celebrating each
other, so I’m loving it. Big love to Deb Curtis,
and to Deborah Lee, you know what I mean, for a
genuine words to me of love. And to all of us,
congratulations to Billie and Taylor, and Alanis, and
Nicki and Brandi and Megan and Rosalía, and Desiree. Who, oh shit! I couldn’t believe it, in a second when you were like Desiree, and she didn’t come, I
was like she ain’t come. For two seconds, I
thought she didn’t come. Congratulations, so much
love to such a powerful, beautiful woman, and these
powerful beautiful women up in here, y’all are
amazing, so congratulations. Yeah, love, love, love, love, love! I gotta loosen y’all up a little, y’all are a little tiny bit tight. Like, Imma be honest y’all a little, like last year I feel like
there’s a little more, so we got a beat last year, we can’t be like suckers
about it, all right. All right, we good though. We good, we good, we good. I gotta put this down. You see what happened was,
Imma be honest with y’all, at some point I realized, I really cannot see that teleprompter. And it’s been kind of recent, and it’s kind of tripping me out a little, you know what I’m saying? So I probably should’ve
prepped the purple folder just for extra, you know, but… We good, we good, we good, we good. No, put it back. Just in case my eyes got better. They took it down, okay, okay. All right, all right. So just a year ago on this stage, I was just celebrating
with the beautiful women here at my table, and we were, I was on the stage, and I was wearing like
a super really big hat cause I really love big hats, and I was announcing the
launch of She’s The Music. And you know I’m so so so so excited, and proud about how
everything exploded after that you know and so more than 800
women in the music business have joined our global data base, which is incredible- 800 and that’s just the beginning. We’ve run, you know, really powerful 10 song writing camps, and partnered with Step Up, to build our national mentorship programs, which is seriously.. fire to me. Because if a young person in high school, young person just graduating college, like how do they find their way inside the industries that they love? Like how do you find, hi gorgeous. How do you find your
way into meeting people, that you’re looking for? Looking to really bring you forward. It’s like these steps really
make such powerful impacts, so this Spring we launched
the Latin committee, with the help from artist
like Becky G and Anitta. You know, so many artist
has stepped up to the table to just say like, “let me bring this forth and let’s bring us together.” So everyone from Billboard to ASCAP. To artists like Mary J
Blige and Kim Petras, to you know Emily Lazar, who
made history in February, when she became the first
female mastering engineer to win a Grammy for the
best engineered album. You know what I’m saying. I don’t like that damn teleprompter. So you know… (Laughing) Sometimes you gotta take your time. You know what I mean. As you can see, there is so much, there is so much that is
evolving and coming forward, and I just feel like
we’re all a part of that, you know, and that’s honestly, that’s what I feel is the real thing. It’s lovely that we all get
these individual awards, and things like that, but the truth is, it’s all of us together
that make the moves. You know, we do it because
we really support each other cause we love each other, because we see that there’s a hold, we see that there is something to do, something to fill, and we create it. And one of the things that you know, I’ve just wanted to share, is this this is not
like women against men, by the way, you know what I mean. And I think that’s obviously
represented in this room, you can see the equal share
of both women and men, in this room celebrating women, and also celebrating each other. So it’s not really about me at all, it’s really about all the
incredible people in this room it’s about the ladies in
that songwriters camp. Yesterday, both emerging and
established rocking together, and producing together,
and writing together, with me, and with us, all the different people that
have been a part of them. You know, it’s about us together. It’s about the beautiful, you know some of the smartest
minds coming together like my sisters, Anne Mincieli,
Sam Kirby, Jody Gerson, and all the smart business
minded incredible women who have helped guide
us through this process you know I want to recognize them. I want to recognize my sister, Sam, who is the brilliant badass
partner at William Morris, Head of the East Coast Music Division, working with (mumbles)
conclusion initiative. Seriously you called me, you called me that day, and said let me send you this report, and I was like, shit, report was crazy. Scientific, broken down, I was terrified. You know, you see something science, and it’s like ooh this is real. And it was the beginning
of a conversation you know, and to my most unbelievable,
not only engineer of a partner, business partner, Grammy
award winning, Anne-tastic, Anne Mincieli, I call her Anne-tastic. Y’all may or may not be able to, but I do. She’s been my partner since day one, and everyone told her it
would be a terrible mistake to open Jungle City
Studios in New York City when the economy was crashing, but you know Anne was like, nah B, I don’t know what you’re talking about. She trusted her gut, and because of that
it’s the best business, and she made Jungle City a major, major success, there’s no
one that comes to New York, that don’t record in Jungle City…period! So Anne, you’re a visionary, and it was us in that studio, just talking and chatting about
how we are business owners and how can we be a
part of making sure that we’re being conscious
about who we’re hiring, and who we’re working with, and who we’re bringing in the door, and you know what I mean, it’s just, it’s a beautiful thing, and don’t even let me talk
about my sis Jody Gerson, who so far got three mentions already, since I’ve been in a room, like she’s on fire tonight! C’mon Jodie-e-e-e! Okay, the first woman to run a multinational publishing
company, Universal Music Group. Holler! Okay, she’s not the Chair
man, she’s the Chairwoman. Let’s go! And she’s known me since I was fourteen, like that’s her vision is that far, far surpassed what I could ever imagine, you know at that time for sure. You know… We’re inspired by women who
break down these boundaries, we’re inspired by each other, and I was even like
doing a little research to Mary Shipman Howard, one of the first female
engineers back in the 40s at NBC. Never heard of Mary Shipman Howard because often these names are
lost, you know what I mean. In the 50s, guitarist Cordell Jackson, was shut out of Sun records, so she started her own damn
label called Moon records, she was like I don’t need
the sun, I got the moon. Ethel Gabriel, was one of
the first major label record recordings producers and she
were to RCA for 40 years, and all of them faced
major discrimination, but it didn’t stop them, and you know a few decades later, the phenomenal Debra Lee, started the first Black
female VP in General Counsel of BET, working her way
to Chairman and CEO. She’s standing right here, Like, this is a real thing. This ain’t just like a walk in the park, you know what I mean, this takes time and courage and bravery and
time and time and time, Lord. So being first doesn’t really
mean much without a second or third and fourth and on
and on and on and on and on. So anyway this is about
more than just myself, this is, this is you know about all of us, and I want to be able to be myself, and that’s what I recognize in these artists that
are standing up here, and all of us in this room. You know this ability to be an individual to set your own path, to blaze forward, to be who you are, nobody can tell you who to be, nobody can tell you how to look, nobody can tell you what do you, you are your own boss,
you make your own visuals, you can run your own
billion dollar businesses. We are, you know, so incredibly unlimited. So it’s for all of us to change, to create a new paradigm,
to create a new normal, everything that has been set up here is exactly what’s happening
because were living it, we’re breathing it and
we’re supporting each other. So, just want to thank you so much, for the power in this room, and for the collective love in this room, for the collective support, and everything that’s
going on that we’re doing, and maybe not forget that, and maybe not like get too
busy to recognize each other and take some time to
celebrate each other. And that’s personally, what I feel, makes tonight more special, than most of the stuffy ass
things we could choose to go to. Because Lord knows there’s enough. So, you know, thank you
for not being stuffy, for actually being out here, and you know just creating the change, in being about it. Blessings and love to Billboard. Thank you for honoring all of us. To my talented sisters, all of that we’re celebrating tonight. And peace and lo-o-o-ve. (applause) ♪ Show me love ♪ ♪ Love ♪ ♪ Show me love like, you see red lights ♪ ♪ And you crashed in it ♪ ♪ Like a deer inside of headlights ♪ – Hey guys. Okay, so the artist presenting
this year’s Trailblazer Award is a Best New Artist Grammy nominee, and I know we’re all going to
love her for a very long time. Welcome to the stage
artist, producer, songwriter Maggie Rogers. (Applause) (Upbeat techno music) – Billboard’s Trailblazer Award, is given to an artist who acts
as a music industry pioneer by using their platform to
spotlight unheard voices, and break ground for future
generations of performers. I will never forget the first
time I met this year’s honoree at Newport Folk Festival two years ago, where she invited me to join her, singing back up for the
great Mavis Staples. I remember how nervous I was, my EP had been out for six months, and here were two
incredibly powerful women, whose voices I had grown up
singing harmony along to. Brandi heard the hesitation in my voice, and after one of the fastest rehearsals I have ever been through, she pulled me into her dressing room she grabbed her guitar, and she looked me in the eye, and she said, “We have 15
minutes, and we’re gonna sit here and run this as many times as
you need to feel comfortable.” She caught me. I was so completely blown
away by that gesture. By how fully she saw me, by how completely she made space for me, she took me under her wing, and brought out the best in me. And I’m not unique. That’s just who Brandi is, she speaks with her actions, she looks out for others,
and finds ways to lift other people up every minute, of every day. It’s an instinct embedded
deep in her skin. This year that instinct brought us, Tanya Tucker’s heartbreaking, Grammy nominated, While I’m Living. (Cheering) It also gave us our generation’s
answer to the Highwaymen, an all female country supergroup
with Brandi, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby. (Applause) In 2017, Brandi released cover stories, a re-recording of her LP The Story. Artists from Pearl Jam to
Dolly Parton contributed and all the proceeds were delivered to War Child UK, a nonprofit that seeks to aid children affected
by armed conflict. Brandi also has her own nonprofit, The Looking Out Foundation, which helps fund causes and organizations with often go unnoticed and
encourages fans to get involved. Brandi Carlile, is a powerful performer, she is an unflinching songwriter, and producer, she is a loving wife, a dedicated philanthropist,
and the working mother of two beautiful little girls. And she wants every
musician, every person, to have an equal shot of bringing
their gifts to the world. No matter where they’re
from, what they look like, or who they love, and I
for one am very grateful. – [Brandi] My greatest
heroes have really paired their music with humanitarian
efforts, activism. This nation has awoken,
as a nation of activists, that’s the most exciting
thing I’ve seen in my life. Best advice, I can give to young people, is make a scene. What’ll win in the end is the music. I started really wanting people to hear, my voice and my ideas, and
I think we’re at the tipping point right now, and maybe
seeing that change for real for the first time. I really just wanted to
like, entertain people. Make people happy, or make
people feel something. Since I was a little kid,
that’s all I ever wanted to do. Ladies and gentlemen, Billboard’s 2019
Trailblazer, Brandi Carlile. (Applause) (Soft rock music) – Oh my goodness, thank you, Maggie. You, your feminism, and
your artist have inspired me to no end, you are absolutely one of my favorite new artists out there, I’m really excited for you. Thank you. This is incredible, I was
noticing on my way up here, that my team, my table’s
50-50, half man, half woman, I was kind of excited about that. So I wanna start by
thanking you guys so much, for all of your support. My managers, my record
label, Tracy and Sharon. My wife Catherine Carlisle, my sister, and the
twins who are backing up a woman with a dream long before anybody was talking about it. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. (Applause) I can’t see the Teleprompter either, and I don’t have a notebook, so I’m just going to
kind of go off the cuff. My daughters, but particularly, my oldest daughter Evangeline Carlisle, was put here to challenge
everything I ever believed in or thought I could count on. Right down to being born to
two mothers on Father’s Day. That’s how that shit started. As a woman that’s
married to another woman, trying to raise two
hilarious and irreverent other little women, nights like tonight are
particularly heartening to me. And when Billboard makes it their business to honor specifically women, in the way that they’re doing tonight, and that way they have
done for over a decade. It changes the course of history because history is full of
accolades and awards for men, and most of them deservedly so, but when we do something
like we’re doing tonight repeatedly, habitually,
eventually it sticks. People start listening, honoring women becomes the norm. Which I know is what we’re
all looking for in the end, and it becomes history, and changes the course of history. And for that I want to thank Billboard, genuinely, thank you, for doing this. It’s going to sound extreme, but I’m one of these people, one of these crazy people that believes that all the world’s problems
from poverty and homelessness to war and even climate change, can be solved by educating
and empowering women because we hold up half the sky. We do, we tell the story of the other half of the human race, and if we’re allowed to speak, and lead we can help alleviate these problems fundamentally, and that’s why what were
saying tonight matters so much because what leaves this room, artists like us, executives, the people that allow our
music to make it to the public. It matters to the school teachers, to the people that teach our kids, to the people that put
our groceries in bags. To the people that build our houses because they’re the people
who elect our leaders, and that’s why women have
to have a voice at radio they have to have a voice that
can get to the general public and nights like tonight
are pushing us even closer to making that happen. (applause) This award means everything to me. I am a lesbian redneck, that literally lives to make
actual trails in the woods with my four wheeler. And to be called the
trailblazer is quite fitting. My daughter’s career day
was last week at school, and she didn’t invite me. She invited my ex, who
is a police officer, so what I’m hoping, because
this thing is really heavy, is that this will finally impress her. From the bottom of my
heart thank you so much. I’m so proud to be a trailblazer. Thank you, Billboard! (Applause) (soft rock music) – Okay, next we have a very
special performance for you. Here to announce that performance, is someone who understands music, is a global language,
actually more than that. Ethiopia Habtemariam understands. (applause) She understands how to use
the global language of music to tell a universal story. Writer, Lina Waithe, and
director Melina Matsoukas, recognized Ethiopia’s talents
when they asked her to oversee the soundtrack for their
film “Queen and Slim,” If you haven’t seen it
yet, you need to go see. The resulting work is brave, and beautiful and a rarity in Hollywood. It’s made by three Powerful women, in an industry where
hiring across the board is often less inclusive, as we all know. Ethiopia is helping change the norm, and I for one am so excited to live in the future
that she is building. So… Please welcome, the President of Motown Records and EVP at Capitol Music
Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam. (Applause) – [Ethiopia] Good evening, everybody. Okay, this is such a dope room. An incredible room. I want to thank Diana and Hannah, and my sister Gail Mitchell, for creating a safe space for
all of us to be acknowledged and recognized. It’s interesting because
this night has become one of the most important nights in music and it’s because women
make this whole shit work. I think you all know that. Before I introduce this artist, that I’m so incredibly proud of. I wanna take a moment to
talk about sisterhood. About five years ago I was promoted to being the president of Motown records, the legendary label with a huge legacy. (applause) Over 10 years ago I was
a young music publisher, making a name for myself in this game, but operating from a place of love and passion for
storytelling, song writers, producers in the development of artists. And I met a young director, a music video director, by
the name of Melina Matsoukas. Melina and I saw each other. Melina and I saw each other back then, and when I step into this role at Motown, five years ago. Twice a week there were
dinner meetings at Matsuhisa, as we talked about the challenges of in, the challenges and our dreams of making it in this
entertainment industry. Cut to 2019… May of 2019, my girl has shot her first debut film called “Queen and Slim.” A Black a love story, a Black love story. A Black love story, taking
place in today’s society. This film came out a few weeks ago. When my sister called me, and she said I’ve done my film, I’m ready to go, we need to
have an incredible soundtrack, I trust you. You understand and you see me. Melina and I along with Lena Waithe, who wrote this incredible film, executive produced an
incredible soundtrack, that not only introduces
you to new talent, but also tells a story in itself, and its accompaniment to… A triggering and provoking film, that allows you to see us, and love us, understand
us, and talk about us. I want to thank Melina and Lena, for trusting us at Motown. I want to think my team at Motown, specifically Lindsey Lanier, my Vice President of A&R, who busted her ass through this process. Britney Davis, who busted
her ass on marketing this. This is what synergy looks like, this is what love looks like, this is what sisterhood looks like. Capital Music Group,
Universal Music Group, for supporting us along the way. Melina and I were at dinner we said, we want to give you that shit that reminds you with the
Love Jones soundtrack was, what the love and
basketball soundtrack was. And we did it for us, and by us. And it’s beautiful because we
are able to be in this room loving and accepting us. So thank you for that. In addition of telling
the story of Black music, with this soundtrack you get everything from Roy Ayers, to Megan Thee Stallion, you get Ms. Lauryn Hill,
who gives you a new song that we have not heard from her in years, and you get new talent. That was a goal for us, to introduce new talent. Motown, a label that believes
in breaking Black artists, and connecting people around the world. It’s a pop label, we connected people, it happened 60 years ago, as we celebrate our 60th
anniversary for Motown this year and there have been so many
other black entrepreneurs that have operated in the same spirit of what Mr. Gordy created then. So I want to take my brothers, who have supported us
through this process. Coach K, I know you bought
out several theaters as we supported this
film and this soundtrack. QC, Roc nation, laid by a dope ass woman, congratulations, Desiree. I want to take all the women
that have supported us, and leaned into what this was. There was a bigger purpose,
and intention behind it, but we’ve been breaking new talent, we’ve been supporting other entrepreneurs over this five-year tenure for me. And.. I have the pleasure of
introducing one of them. Her name is Tiana Major9, she has a beautiful record title Collide, a singer songwriter from London, that is featured on this soundtrack, she wrote this song specifically
for “Queen and Slim.” And she is signed to Motown records, you all will be hearing
a lot from her in 2020. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce you to Tiana Major9, brought on by her brothers
EARTHGANG, Dreamville Interscope. Thank you all enjoy, Collide. (soft rock playing) ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ It’s a beautiful disaster ♪ ♪ When I crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Crash into, you, you you ♪ ♪ Have to let it out ♪ ♪ Have to let it out ♪ ♪ What I’m talking ’bout ♪ ♪ Let me tell you, let me tell you, oh ♪ ♪ Future or the past ♪ ♪ I don’t care, I don’t care, no, no ♪ ♪ Moving too fast ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ Everybody’s got opinions on our thing ♪ ♪ Say we’re flying down
a path with no ending ♪ ♪ And if I die before I wake ♪ ♪ Ooh, don’t let me wake
up from this dream ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ When we collide, it’s
a beautiful disaster ♪ ♪ When I crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Crash into you, you ♪ ♪ I’ve been so frustrated,
have to let it out ♪ ♪ Have to let it out ♪ ♪ Let me tell you with my
body, what I’m talking ’bout ♪ ♪ Let me tell you, let me tell you, oh ♪ ♪ And I don’t care about
the future or the past ♪ ♪ I don’t care, I don’t care, no, no ♪ ♪ Riding slow, ’cause you know
the world’s moving too fast ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ When we collide, it’s
a beautiful disaster ♪ ♪ When I crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Without you, I’m just a fraction ♪ ♪ Closing in on my demise ♪ ♪ And I love you religiously ♪ ♪ With everything inside of me ♪ ♪ As long as I’m ♪ ♪ As long as I’m alive ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ When we collide, it’s
a beautiful disaster ♪ ♪ When I crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ When we collide ♪ ♪ When we collide, it’s
a beautiful disaster ♪ ♪ When I crash into you, you, you ♪ ♪ Crash into you, you, you ♪ (cheering) – Tonight’s Icon Award will be presented by someone
I grew up listening to as he played with the Foo Fighters and tonight’s honoree, among many others. Let’s welcome legendary drummer,
Taylor Hawkins to the stage (Applause) I don’t need my readers. That’s good, I don’t need my readers, I’m nervous, I don’t
normally give speeches. I play drums for a living. And one of the reasons I
play drums for a living, is because of an amazing
woman who’s here tonight. I think I can see her. Alanis Morissette. (applause) I’ve said it before,
and I’ll say it again, I would probably be delivering pizzas to someone you know tonight,
if it wasn’t for her. I mean it, she gave me a break. And she’s awesome, she
was an amazing boss. She went through 18 months of insanity, from here to… insanity and
she handled it with grace. Now I’m gonna read my speech, so I played with Alanis
on her, Can’t Not tour, right after Jagged Little Pill came out. On that tour, I witnessed Alanis become, not just a star, but an icon. Someone who inspired countless
musicians, including myself. After her– Okay sorry, I already
fucked up the speech. I knew that was gonna happen. Can you go back a little bit, thank you. Yeah inspired countless
musicians after her, and changed the power
structure of an industry. It wasn’t easy. One radio station said they
couldn’t play her single because they already had
female artists in the rotation. Well, they played the fuck
out of it, lemme tell you because there was no
stopping it, it just wasn’t. The week it came out it went
bananas and it was amazing, and I saw it firsthand. Anyway yes, the power of
Alanis’s music overcame it definitely did because
it was fucking amazing. And the sexism didn’t matter,
didn’t matter who it was because that’s how good it was. She sold out shows, topped charts, she was played on the radio, a lot, and then an incredible
thing happened, thank you. More women began to get
air time Sarah McLachlan, Ani Difranco, The Indigo
Girls, Sheryl Crow, they had already accomplished a lot, and they were respected
but suddenly radio stations were willing to play
their songs back to back. Alanis’s efforts made gender irrelevant. Since spearheading that seat change, Alanis has won 7 Grammy’s, 10 JUNOs, the UN Global Tolerance Award,
damn…damn and many more. I don’t want to get so
stiff, as Alicia put it. I’m feeling a little stiff. She’s continued to influence
all fans and artists alike, with her confessional style
and cathartic performances. Man, I saw them, she never missed one. That’s off script, I mean, I don’t even know how many
shows we played that year, and she never fucking missed one, never. And she sang every night, and you know, we were like going on before
Rage Against The Machine, and bands like that, you know. It was to watch her, sort
of have to prove herself, and I don’t mean to prove
herself but, you know, It was a tough time the 90s,
everyone was walking around. Are you real, are you real,
you know, do you have the– And to see her go on with, you know, we played with David Bowie,
with all these people, and she just, once she got
to the front of that stage, it didn’t matter who was
before, who was after, it did not fucking matter,
because it was on every time. Game on every time, never missed a show. That’s all right, I’m flipping the script. All right, she became a mom of three. She mind that experience
for the deep inside just we’ve come to expect from her. Flavors of entanglement,
and havoc and bright lights, saw her embrace a sensitivity, she hadn’t revealed on previous albums. I’m trying really hard. And now with her podcast, and
a brand new Broadway musical inspired by that groundbreaking album, Jagged Little Pill, and I know it well. And a new album coming this Spring. She’s truly unstoppable,
she is, she really is. She always was, from the day I met her. And I thank you so much,
for everything, for me, and for everyone here. I’ve been so fortunate to witness Alanis’s artistic growth, personal determination, over the last 25 years,
and here she is tonight. She’s the type of musician
and person who comes along, just once in my lifetime, if you’re lucky, and I was lucky enough to meet her. So, here’s a little video. – [Alanis] Here’s a song called “Ironic,” We weren’t trying to be be
too precious with everything. We didn’t want to go over
everything with a fine tooth comb and loose any of the spirit. It just resulted in my feeling
free to do whatever I wanted. ♪ Cause, I’ve got one hand in my pocket ♪ ♪ And the other one is
hailing a taxi cab ♪ As long as I finish
the record and love it. If it sells 10 copies
or 10 million copies, I can’t control that,
no one can control that. ♪ It’s not fair, to deny me ♪ ♪ Of the cross I bear
that you gave to me ♪ ♪ You, you, you oughta know ♪ (Cheering) – Ladies and gentlemen,
ladies and gentlemen, Ladies and gentlemen,
please welcome the recipient of the Icon Award, Alanis Morissette. ♪ And I’m here, to remind you ♪ ♪ Of the mess you left
when you went away ♪ ♪ It’s not fair, to deny me ♪ ♪ Of the cross I bear
that you gave to me ♪ ♪ You, you, you oughta know ♪ ♪ You seem very well,
things look peaceful ♪ – Hi. (applause) So when this incredible
honor was run past me, the first thing I said
was I can’t, I’m Canadian, I can’t go accept an Icon Award. Yet I’m also Canadian, so I said yes. And I quickly googled the word icon. A painting of Jesus Christ,
and another holy figure, okay, I can’t go, I can’t go. A person or thing regarded
as a representative or symbol of something,
that I could get behind. There were few others, but I can get behind the symbol of something. I remember the early 90s,
a lotta people asked me, “do you feel responsible?” You know, you’re in
front of so many people around this planet singing, your goddamn guts out every night. Do you feel responsible for people? And I was so beleaguered,
and daunted at all of this, and I said no I don’t. I’m barely responsible for my own self. As time went on, and fame didn’t wind up being the thing that I
thought it would be (mumbles) I thought I would be sitting
around the fireplace, or a campfire with Sharon Stone. Johnny Depp, just a lot
of people patting my head, and we’d be singing Kumbaya. But that wound up not being the case. It was a slightly isolating experience. Fame is very strange thing,
it creates social context that is not normal, it’s not normal. I was a watcher, my whole life
I was an observer of humans. I love the human condition,
so all of a sudden me, everyone’s eyeballs toward me. The irony, the real irony, is
that I… loved performing, but I was really really
terrified to perform, and didn’t like it at all. My temperament, a lot of
people talk about bravery and so much courage to be a woman in music and empowerment and while I
will always stand by that. I just want to salute the women
who continue to go to work who are really really sensitive,
and terrified and still go. (Cheering) That’s me. I also want to acknowledge
all the women that inspired me to sing in the first place
everyone from Etta James, Aretha Franklin ,Whitney
Houston, Olivia Newton John, Carol King, Annie Lennox, so many women. Some of whom I even reached out to during the wildness of the late
90’s and a lot of them said, “what are you calling me for?” I said, “there’s no
handbook, I need your help.” and they said, “oh you’ll be fine.” So I imploded, I figure
people in the public eye either explode or they implode
or they just are extroverts. So if you’re an extrovert this is normal. I am not, although I
can ham it out for sure. And I really wanted to be
friends with all these artists who touring at the same time as me, but it was as Taylor mentioned,
it was an unusual time of me playing with a lot of
different gentleman bands, and it was challenging because if there was not going to be any sex, or any romantic interaction, then they didn’t know what to do with me. So they ignored me, backstage. I know a lot of the other
women that were around me, were just holding it together as well, and we were all just kind
of keeping our eyes down. Just to kinda survive it at the time. And I just want to
acknowledge all the artists, all the female executives and producers, and mixers and designers, masters. My mouth is so dry, does
anyone have any water? (laughs) Anybody? My husband. (Cheering) I just had a baby like 10 minutes ago, so I have to acknowledge my husband because I could not do what I’m doing and be able to (mumbles) and have the amazing family
that we have together without you, and none of this
is possible without support specifically for my partner, and we’ve talked at great
length, about the idea that feminism… The feminist movement itself
is a feminine movement. So yes it’s about all genders, it’s about the femininity within us all, and the qualities of the
feminine of being vulnerable, of being scared and still
standing up and speaking. Of doing what so many of
the amazing incredible women who are here tonight, have done, and continue to do
tirelessly, quietly often. I think that’s why it’s so exciting to me, to to be perhaps known, as
being vulnerable as an artist, cause the more vulnerable I
am the more empowered I feel. I feel like there’s less of
a lie to have to live up to. Even though, I’m scared as anyone else is. Then there was this one dimensional-izing that would happen a lot, this
reduction, like this girl, Alanis, is one thing
she’s really really angry. Okay, but a few years
later she’s very spiritual. Okay, and it just kept
going, then I was quirky, then I was really dumb
because of a malapropism then I was also like, “isn’t she like 90?” I was called an elephant man. I was loved and ignored
and adored and hated, and then I was considered really hip, and then totally irrelevant and
then totally relevant again. And then I was considered a boss, and then a podcaster, and
these roles and archetypes are within all of us, all
the women in the room here, and all the women that I’ve worked with, everyone at my table. I feel like these are all parts of us, and there was a period time, where I was told I
could only be one thing. I had to stay in my lane, so to speak. And so I wanted to direct a
video for song called “So Pure.” And I was really excited about it, and a few people at the
record company said, you can’t do that, that’ll
be a career killer for you. So the best part of evolution, in terms of the industry
for me is that now the multitudinous aspect of
all of us women in the room is being welcomed, that we can be feminine and masculine, we could
be scared and brazen. We could be articulate,
and just exhausted. To be a woman is to
have diffuse awareness, so multitasking we can do in our sleep, a little worried about our bodies. Because we are taking on so much, and yet we’re still doing
so much of the conventional, stereotypical things
that women typically do. On top of all the things that
we now know that we can do, we don’t have to apologize for. Okay, I have to take a sip, sorry. I’m just really happy that this is a time, where young women
performers can do all things without being shamed, for who they are, and they can dress, we
can dress, anyway we want we can speak anyway we want. We’ve always been able
to, but now we do it, without public shaming, to some degree. And my dad told me when
I was really little, he said, “there’s three ways
people will feel about you no matter what you do. One is that people will
love you and adore you. The other option is that
people will hate you, and the other option is that
they won’t give a shit.” So he said, “Just keep
doing, whatever you’re doing, because no matter what you do, those are the three responses.” So that was… thanks, dad. (Applause) So I just, thank you for this, thank you for walking alongside
me over the last many years such a (mumbles) time right
now, a lot of culmination happening, working collaboratively. I think part of, one of the
greatest feminine qualities, is the ability to work really
well in a team setting, and collaboratively, and it’s
just been a joy to do that more and more and more. Thank you, patriarchy for
crumbling and falling. Thank you to the brazen
and the tender artists for continuing to be self expressed, in an industry that would
at once want to hold you up, and then just as easily
and just as quickly, turn away from you. To my younger self, and to all
women I would say keep going keep chronicling, keep
expressing, keep asking for help, keep working together,
keep setting boundaries, keep showing up, take naps when you can, and restore when you can,
and thank you so much. This is really an honor
to receive, thank you. (Cheering) ♪ To remind you ♪ ♪ Of the mess you left
when you went away ♪ ♪ It’s not fair, to deny me ♪ ♪ Of the cross I bear
that you gave to me ♪ Please welcome to the stage a
multi-Grammy nominated artist known for her genius word play and rhymes. Introducing our Powerhouse award presented by YouTube music, let’s
give it up, for Rapsody. – This year’s Powerhouse
does more than create music. She creates cultural movements. Thanks to Megan Thee Stallion, the summer of 2019 wasn’t just any summer, it was a summer for hot girls. Where her music dominated the radio, and the Internet and the streets, she made moves in the fashion industry, and became the first female rapper to be signed by 300 Entertainment. (Applause) She put sensual beats in our headphones, and technicolor on our screens. When Megan Thee Stallion,
released a single, she immersed us in the whole experience, and while she was making us move, she also studying health administration at Texas Southern University. (Cheering) Because Megan Thee
Stallion brims with power, she uses that power to lead by example. She pushes herself
intellectually and creatively, and through it all she
loves herself unabashedly. She is the powerhouse, we all hope to be. – [Crowd Chanting] Megan, Megan, Megan! – Seeing the results from
me grinding really hard, makes me feel good because
when you put your mind to something, and you’re
really passionate about it, then you will see the benefit from it. If you weren’t confident
before you heard the song, like now you ready. – [Interviewer] You put the
Me Too movement on steroids. ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ ♪ Told him go put my
name on that account ♪ ♪ Because when I need
money, I ain’t tryna wait ♪ – [Interviewer] Women in
music, that’s incredible. I was like so shook, I was like who me? I’m very honored. (applause) – Ladies and gentlemen, the 2019 winner of our Powerhouse Award, presented by YouTube music, my sister in rhyme Megan Thee Stallion. ♪ Yeah, that’s my dawg, he
gon’ sit down and listen ♪ ♪ Call him a trick and
he don’t get offended ♪ ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ ♪ Told him go put my
name on that account ♪ ♪ Because when I need money,
I ain’t tryna, hold up ♪ (Applause) – Oh my god. Um…thank you! This is just so amazing, I cannot believe that I’m here today. Amongst so many wonderful women, everybody knows that
women are really the ones who are running the scenes, running the show behind the scenes, and I’m just happy to be a part of this, like I can’t even believe
that they let me up in here. Right before I got here, I
had to finish taking my final. (Cheering) I came a little late, but I’m here, and you know, like I said, I’m just super appreciative, and I mean, I’m 24 I’m from Texas, and I really like the grind, and I really liked to, I really like to work, so
I’m just getting started, and you know, y’all are gonna see. Y’all are gonna see where I take it. So thank you so much. (Applause) ♪ Yeah, that’s my dawg, he
gon’ sit down and listen ♪ ♪ Call him a trick and
he don’t get offended ♪ ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ ♪ Told him go put my
name on that account ♪ ♪ Because when I need money,
I ain’t tryna, hold up ♪ ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ – To present our Game-Changer award, I’d like to welcome to the stage, a singer, dancer, epic performer, and seriously one of the kindest people, I’ve ever met, Normani. – Hey, y’all. How are you doing? Good? Hey, I brought this out just
in case, I couldn’t read that, but hopefully my eyes do me
justice tonight for the queen. I love you. I am thrilled to present
the Game-Changer award tonight because our honoree, is someone I’ve admired
for such a long time. Nicki Minaj is an inspiration (Cheering) She won’t be confined
by any limits or labels. She lives her art, and
her career is a reflection of her tireless work to put women rappers at the forefront of our industry. She was the first female artist
to sign with Young Money, and the first woman to reach
100 appearances on the hot 100. (Applause) This year she became
the first female rapper to sell 100 million records. I think that deserves an applause. (Applause) As she headlined major arenas, she demanded women
rappers not be overlooked. As she blended hip-hop and pop, she told the new generation anything goes, as long as it’s tight. Because while she’s been fighting for all of our places in this industry, Nicki Minaj has also been
fighting for herself. She was never satisfied with
being the best female rapper. she’s always fought to be
the best rapper period, sis. (Cheering) Her flow is so sharp, and her
lyrics so loaded with meaning we have to listen to
her songs over and over before we fully understand
all the ways she’s testing us and teasing us and challenging us. Announcing her place in history. To put it simply, without Nicki Minaj, we wouldn’t have the representation or the musical innovation
that we have today. (Applause) She undeniably changed
our game, Nicki Minaj. – Life is about growth and change, and I don’t want to be made the same. – I love that bitch so much. – I always believed, that she would become the
biggest pop star in the world. – She will forever be the queen, just because of how hard she
works and where she came from. – When you hear Nicki Minaj
spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it. Ladies and gentleman. Please welcome, 2019’s Game-Changer, Nicki Minaj, the queen. ♪ It’s Myx Moscato ♪ ♪ It’s frizz in a bottle ♪ ♪ It’s Nicki full throttle, it’s oh, oh ♪ ♪ Swimming in the grotto ♪ ♪ We winning in the lotto ♪ ♪ We dipping in the
powder blue, four door ♪ ♪ Kitten so good, it’s dripping on wood ♪ ♪ Get a ride in the engine that could ♪ ♪ Go, Batman, robbin’ it ♪ ♪ Bang bang, cockin’ it ♪ ♪ Queen Nicki dominant, prominent ♪ ♪ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari ♪ ♪ If they test me, they sorry ♪ ♪ Ride his uh like a Harley ♪ ♪ Then pull off in his Ferrari ♪ ♪ If he hanging we banging ♪ ♪ Phone ringing, he slanging ♪ ♪ It ain’t karaoke night but
get the mic ’cause I’m singing ♪ ♪ B to the A to the N to the G to the uh ♪ – Hello everyone. Oh god, wait hold on. Okay, thank you to
Billboard for doing this. It is the only thing that got
me dressed in the last month, so I don’t know maybe that’s a good thing. I recently had the pleasure of working, and touring with Juice WRLD. I had a great conversation
with him one day, and while we walked to the stage, he held my hand and told me
to stay calm and to pray. He said he had been
trying to do just that. I was so shocked to hear him
of all people tell me that, but right there in that moment
with him telling me that I actually did feel calm, I felt like… what am I
actually worried about? I felt like he was a kindred spirit. And looking back now, I wish
I did something differently, or said something to help. He spoke to me in detail, about how in love he
was with his girlfriend, and how passionate he was about music, and when he was in the studio with me he did so many songs so quickly. He was honest and pure about what he felt, and that inspired me. I know this is a Woman in Music night, and I’m so honored to
be in the presence of all of these great women. I looked to see who was being honored, and I said I have to be there. All these women inspire me as well. So many things Alanis Morissette said, just really hit home. So I know it’s about
that, but I want to just– It doesn’t feel comfortable
with me to talk about me when someone so important
to our culture just died. And so I want to honor him tonight, and send my condolences to him, and his family and his girlfriend, and his friends and everybody. (Applause) And I want to tell everyone that… Drugs isn’t the problem, it’s the way we fix our problem. So, it’s so important that
we don’t pass judgment, so that people don’t feel ashamed to speak up and ask for help. It’s so important we talk
about mental health, it is. Cause people are dying because
they don’t want to express how miserable they are and
how much they are suffering, so they’d rather medicate themselves. So I just came here tonight to ask people, to be a little bit more
forgiving and understanding especially with entertainers. We can’t have a bad day. Women in this room. Shout out to all the women in
this room, make some noise. (Cheering) We don’t always feel sexy, we don’t always look cute,
we’re not always in the mood. (Laughing) Why did you have to go there? But we have to, and that’s abnormal. It’s abnormal to be on, all the time, but that’s what we signed up for. We’re not allowed to complain,
we’re not allowed to be human we’re not allowed to have a bad day because we’re so blessed, but that makes absolutely
no fucking sense. We’re human, all of you in here are human, and you are allowed to be human, and not beat yourself up for doing that. So… In closing. I just wanted to encourage everyone to talk about whatever it is
that they need to talk about. And be honest and open. And get help. Um, thank you for that “woo!” Yeah, I don’t like making up speeches, and I definitely wasn’t
going to read a Teleprompter, so in the car here I tried
to jot some stuff down. Congratulations, to all of the
women being honored tonight. It’s an honor to be here with you guys. Thank you to Republic records, who have been with my entire career. Lil Wayne, baby, slim, Mac,
everybody at Young Money. Thank you to all the incredible people, I’ve had the opportunity to
work with the last decade. And, hi Normani. And lastly, I want to
thank my incredible fans because I know somewhere they’re figuring out a way, how to watch this. You guys have been with
me through thick and thin. I always am going to
keep surprises for you, even when you don’t
see me on the Internet. I am still thinking about you, and I’m still working on
ways to impress you guys, and make you happy. So Barbz whereever you are in the world, please know that I love you, and I thank you so much for your support. And to my husband thank
you for everything, I love you so much. Good night, guys. (applause) – That was an amazing speech. Our presenter for the
Woman of the Year honoree has influenced all of our music. She’s a pop icon, an advocate
for the LGBTQ community, and a Grammy, Emmy, Tony
award winning artist. I felt extremely lucky to
perform her “True Colors” at the 2017 logo trailblazer honors, so let’s give a very warm welcome to the one, the only, Cyndi Lauper. (Cheering) – Oh my gosh. I just want to say one thing, that’s not on my little note pad, and that is that, at 17 I read a book called
Sisterhood Is Powerful. I have witnessed my whole life, a male-dominated business, I’ve had many brothers in the
industry who’ve helped me, but I’ve always wished wished wished, that they were more women to
stand shoulder to shoulder with and thank you Alicia for your work. I will probably see you tomorrow morning. But to all of you, who… like me standing on the shoulders
of people who came before Thank you. And now it is my privilege. Billie, there’s no freaking
way in hell I could read that, so I couldn’t read that way back when. That’s why people thought
I had squinty eyes, I was squinting, I couldn’t see. Anyway, when I first heard Billie sing, I kind of stopped breathing for a second. Because it was so emotional, and so deep, that it just stopped me. Your work is very compelling, and then you add the visuals. Listen even when you had a black shit coming down your face I was– (Laughing) You know, I was like did she
drink it and then it came out. When I saw you dance upside
down on Saturday Night Live, that was it for me. Because I didn’t want
to know how you did it, I just want to believe
you were upside down. Were you? Were you upside down? Yeah was it magnets? Can you buy magnets like that? All right, no it’s just
a hidden power you got. I got it. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that, I think you’re magical, and that this is just the
beginning of your career. It’s a long journey. Anyway, now your props, I gotta do your props. Let me see, here we go. All right… What the heck. All right, here we are four years after she began a journey by
uploading her first single “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud (cheering) That, there they are. They’re from SoundCloud, I think. They’re very excited, okay. I am excited for you, I listen too. Anyway, 2019 was Billie Eilish’s year. You released your first album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? A question I’ve been asking all my– which debuted at number
one on billboard 200. The album had the third
biggest streaming week ever for a female artist, someday Billie, it’s not gonna be for a female artist, it’s just going to highest
streaming for an artist. Anyway so… This album has earned
six Grammy nominations. You are the youngest
person ever to be nominated in a single year for all
major Grammy categories: Record, Song, and Album of
the Year, and Best New Artist. (applause) Okay it keeps telling me to pause… Okay. Billie has gotten here
by doing it her way, recording in her bedroom
with her brother… Finneas O’Connell. Is that your name? O’Connell? – Yes. – And cause I know, Rosie but
it’s a totally different name. I never got her name,
O’Donnell, totally different. Okay, never mind. Staying true to yourself and your vision and creating music that has
a beautiful raw and haunting and beautifully defiant, Billie. Never lose that. You are so gifted and so talented, and again 2019 may be just the beginning cause it’s a long road. Here we go a little video. – [Crowd Chanting] Billie, Billie, Billie! ♪ You should see me in a crown ♪ ♪ I’m gonna run this nothing town ♪ ♪ Watch me make ’em bow ♪ ♪ One by one by, one ♪ – [Rainn] What song, did
you write for Dwight? Was it “Ocean Eyes” or “Bad Boy”? – (laughs) He said bad boy. – She makes pop music,
but it’s kind of dark, I think she is special. – [Billie] You should
be able to do anything. I don’t want anyone to feel
like, something is off limits. – Her lyrics really
relate to our generation, more than like any artist. ♪ What do you want from me?
Why don’t you run from me? ♪ ♪ When we all fall
asleep, where do we go? ♪ (Cheering) – To you all the people in this room, will you please give a welcome, Billboard’s Woman of the
Year, Miss Billie Eilish. ♪ I like it when you take control ♪ ♪ Even if you know that you don’t ♪ ♪ Own me, I’ll let you play the role ♪ ♪ I’ll be your animal ♪ – Hello! That video was so embarrassing, Jesus. It’s really weird to be
Woman of the Year at 17. That’s like the first thing I can say. Second thing I wanna say, is y’all’s speeches
were long as fu-u-u-ck. Oh my god…! Fuck! Long as hell, jeez. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, they’ve beautiful honestly, Nicki’s face was the most
beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. She looked fine as hell too, as always. What Taylor said earlier,
it was beautiful. What Alicia said, I love Alicia, everybody’s already left who’s
spoken already, so it’s okay. All I wanna say is… Last year um (laughs) Ariana Grande got the award, that I’m getting right now, a year ago, and she gave a speech that
I thought was like the most touching thing I’d ever seen. And like two weeks ago, I realized that’s the award I’m getting, and that really freaked me out. And it still is, I want to thank all the
women in the past who have been the reason that I
can be the way that I am. and do what I want, and like paved the way for me and an entire generation
of young women who, women who in the past have like done with they
weren’t supposed to do. Has made my life a lot easier, and made me able to do what I want, and be what I want, so thank
you to those women in the past. Thank you. I want to thank my mom who’s right there, I love you. And my dad, and my big brother, Finneas,
who is also right there. I want to thank the women on my team, Chelsea, Laura, Michelle,
wherever she’s at. Alex Baker of my PR. Sarah Bullwinkle, Jody, Rebecca, Hannah. Everybody on my touring team. Thank you, I love you, that Mohawk is fire. And I know she already said this, Taylor speech earlier, she like stole half of
what I was gonna say, which was that in 2014, she won this award and her speech was, she basically said “right now” I’m going to quote this wrong but, she said basically like,
“right now your future woman of the year is
somewhere in a piano lesson in a choir and we need
to take care of her.” And I was like 11 at the
time, and I was in a choir, and I was learning to play piano, and you took care of me. Thank you, thank you Billboard. Thank you, everybody, I love you. (Applause) – I want to thank you all, for being so kind and gracious to everyone up here being honored tonight. I know it’s been a long one, but it’s been very inspiring, and every single one of you
in this room are so important. So thank you so much for a great night. I look forward to seeing what
limits we ignore next year, and what incredible art we create. To finish tonight we have an incredible, special special performance, give it up for Megan Thee Stallion. ♪ Real hot girl ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m in my bag,
but I’m in his too ♪ ♪ And that’s why every time you
see me, I got some new shoes ♪ ♪ Ah, mwah, ayy, look ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m a star, I
got your baby wishin’ ♪ ♪ He say he hungry, this
cookie the kitchen ♪ ♪ Yeah, that’s my dawg, he
gon’ sit down and listen ♪ ♪ Call him a and he
don’t get off’, hold up ♪ ♪ Yeah, I’m a star, I
got your baby wishin’ ♪ ♪ He say he hungry, this
cookie the kitchen ♪ ♪ Yeah, that’s my dawg, he
gon’ sit down and listen ♪ ♪ Call him a and he don’t get offended ♪ ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ ♪ Told him go put my
name on that account ♪ ♪ Because when I need money,
I ain’t tryna, hold up ♪ ♪ He know he giving his money to Megan ♪ ♪ He know it’s very expensive to date me ♪ ♪ Told him go put my
name on that account ♪ ♪ Because when I need
money, I ain’t tryna wait ♪ ♪ I can’t be f–ked with, no ♪ ♪ You can’t touch this, ayy ♪ ♪ And, I do rich, huh ♪ ♪ My money thick thick, ayy ♪ ♪ Walk with a limp, limp, huh ♪ ♪ I’m on some pimp, ayy ♪ ♪ He say, “You all about money,” yeah ♪ ♪ I’m on that cash, huh ♪ ♪ I’m in my bag, huh ♪ ♪ I’m on your, ayy ♪ ♪ I’m in that new new ♪ ♪ You on that last year, huh ♪ ♪ And, I do pimp, huh ♪ ♪ Girl, you on simp, ayy ♪ ♪ He say, “You all about money,” yeah ♪ ♪ I’m on that cash, ah ♪ ♪ I don’t be stressin’
’bout none of these ♪ ♪ When they be talkin’,
I don’t even listen ♪ ♪ Tellin’ me secrets,
I probably forget it ♪ ♪ But I’ma tune in when
he say he gon’ lick it ♪ ♪ He told ’em send me a
pic ’cause he miss me ♪ ♪ I told him send me
a stack if he really ♪ ♪ I don’t be trusting these
tricks ’cause they tricky ♪ ♪ Send him a pic of somebody else ♪ ♪ I’m a finesser and I’m a fly dresser ♪ ♪ Move to the top floor
and flew in my dresser ♪ ♪ My hustle, make money together ♪ ♪ Your birds and they flockin’ together ♪ ♪ I can’t decide if I want the new Louis ♪ ♪ Dapper Dan yellow, I’m always in Gucci ♪ ♪ Your mama don’t bring
your dad to the mall ♪ ♪ ‘Cause when he be in there
she know he be choosin’ ♪ ♪ I can’t be f–ked with, no ♪ ♪ You can’t touch this, ayy ♪ ♪ And, I do rich, huh ♪ ♪ My money thick thick, ayy ♪ ♪ Walk with a limp, limp, huh ♪ ♪ I’m on some pimp, ayy ♪ ♪ He say, “You all about money,” yeah ♪ ♪ I’m on that cash, huh ♪ ♪ I’m in my bag, ayy, huh ♪ ♪ I’m on your, huh ♪ ♪ I’m in that new new ♪ ♪ You on that last year, huh ♪ ♪ And, I do pimp, huh ♪ ♪ Girl, you on simp, ayy ♪ ♪ He say, “You all about money,” yeah ♪ ♪ I’m on that cash, ah ♪ (cheering) – Thank you!

Rapsody on The Importance of Celebrating & Empowering Women | Women in Music

Rapsody on The Importance of Celebrating & Empowering Women | Women in Music


– Rapsody?
– Yes. – How are you doing? – I’m good.
– You look incredible. – Thank you. – What does it mean tonight? Obviously this is a night
all about empowering women. What does it mean to be here? – Oh, it means a lot. Especially since I dropped
the album earlier this year. All about women, called “Eve.” I named every song after women, so– – So cool. – For us to have a night
to celebrate each other, for the world to celebrate us, for Billboard to celebrate us, it’s important because we are
so important to the culture. And you know, we’re the
reason everybody’s here. – Right! – It’s so real. – Yes.
– I just want to know what’s your favorite track to perform? – What’s my favorite track to perform? Probably Whoopi. You know it’s high energy. It’s fun. It gets the crowd into it. So that’s one of my favorites to rock. – And who are some women that you’ve looked up to over the years? Who’s really inspired you?
– Oh man, there’s so many. Outside of my mother and you know my aunts and my village, Phylicia Rashad, Cicely
Tyson, Nikki Giovanni, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte You know I could go on and on. Even now newer today I
look up to Yara Shahidi. I love what she’s doing. It represents us. You know youth coming up to be a leader. So it’s just so many women to celebrate. – If there’s one person here tonight that you could collab
with or work with in 2020 is there one person that
kind of stands out for you? – Wow. Me and Megan have been
talkin’ about doing something. So Megan Thee Stallion is one. – I can see that.
– Yeah. I think that would be fun. – You gotta come up with a new theme. Like a Winter, instead of Hot Girl Summer. What would it be?
– Oh, Hot Girl Winter. (cross talk) – Something like that,
I see what you’re doing. – Just Hot Girls, I don’t
know, I’m fine with that. – What’s gonna happen in 2020 for you? – 2020, oh I’m workin’ on new music. I’m back in the studio. So I definitely want
to release a new album. I have a new tour. A black girl created this tour. – Oh!?
– Yeah. That kicks off in February. So that’s gonna be dope. And just continue to create
and tell stories through art. – How are you prepping for that tour? Because that’s a process and a half. – Yeah. You know I’m just thinking about what I want the stage to look like. What kind of stories I
want to tell on the screen. What songs and song orders. So it’s just getting with my D.J and my band and just trying
to make a cohesive, fun, engaging performance for everybody. – Can you kind of tease a little bit? Like what you are thinking
for the theme of your tour? – What I’m thinking, it’s about women empowerment. And telling stories from
the past and the present about black women and how
they’ve all inspired me. So how can I tell those stories and incorporate it in me and in music? So we’re gonna have video screens. There’s gonna be some
talking, some fun things. Some guest appearances here and there. It’s gonna be dope. – I love that you’re so positive
and you are so inspiring. Congratulations–
– I like talking to you. – for releasing all this music. I know, it’s great! – Thank you, I love talkin’ to y’all. – I want to know for you,
what’s the quote you wake up and you say to yourself? Like do you have a mantra or something that gets you going everyday? Because I feel like we
all kind of have them and it probably changes depending
on the time of your life. – I think mine is to live for today. You know to live every
day like it’s your last. So when I think about that, it’s just like you don’t have time to waste. Just do it. No fear, all confidence,
have fun and walk in that. So that’s my mantra. I got it tattooed on my back actually. – You do?!
– Yeah. – How long ago? – I was in high school when I got that. So I was like 15. I had a fake I.D and everything. (laughing) – I love that! Who went with you to get it? – My boyfriend. – Yes, you’re like “my
boyfriend that is no longer.” – That is no longer. (laughter) – Awesome, Well thank you so much. – Thank you, I appreciate y’all. – I feel like you were such a
great way to kick things off. Just so uplifting. – Thank you so much. – We’ll keep in touch. – We’ll see you soon.

Ethiopia Habtemariam Introduces Tiana Major9 | Women In Music

Ethiopia Habtemariam Introduces Tiana Major9 | Women In Music


– Okay. This is such a dope
room, an incredible room. I wanna thank Deanna and Hannah and my sister Gail Mitchel for a, creating a safe space for all of us to be acknowledged and recognized, it’s interesting because this night has become one of the most
important nights in music because women make this whole shit work. I think you all know that. Before I introduce this artist that I’m so incredibly proud of I wanna take a moment to
talk about sisterhood. About five years ago I was promoted to being the president of Motown Records, the legendary label with the huge legacy. Over ten years ago I was
a young music publisher making a name for myself in this game. But operating from a
place of love and passion for storytelling, songwriters, producers and the development of artists. And I met a young director,
a music video director by the name of Melina Matsoukas. Melina and I saw each other, Melina and I saw each other. Back then, and when I stepped into this
role at Motown five years ago, twice a week there were
dinner meetings at Matsuhisa as we talked about the challenges, the challenges and our dreams of making it in this entertainment industry. Cut to 2019, May of 2019. My girl has shot her first debut film, called Queen and Slim. (audience clapping) A black love story, a black love story. A black love story. Taken place in today’s society. This film came out a few weeks ago, when my sister called me and she said, I’ve done my film, I’m ready to go, we need to have an incredible soundtrack. I trust you, you
understand and you see me. Melina and I, along with Lena Weithe, who wrote this incredible film, executive produced an
incredible soundtrack that not only introduces you to new talent but also tells a story in itself. In its accompaniment to, a triggering and provoking film that allows you to see us and love us, understand
us and talk about us. I wanna thank Melina and Lena
for trusting us at Motown. I wanna thank my team at Motown. Specifically Lindsay Linear, my vice president of
ANR who busted her ass through this process. Brittany Davis who busted
her ass on marketing this. This is what synergy looks like, this is what love looks like, this is what sisterhood looks like. Capital Music Group, Universal Music Group for supporting us along the way. Melina and I were at dinner and we said, we wanna give you that
shit that reminds you of what the Love Jones soundtrack was. What the Love and
Basketball soundtrack was. And we did it for us and by us. And it’s beautiful because we
are able to be in this room, loving and accepting, us. So thank you for that. In addition to telling the story of, black music with the soundtrack, you get everything from Roy
Ayres to Megan Thee Stallion. You get Ms Lauryn Hill
who gives you a new song that we have not heard from her in years. And you get new talent,
that was a goal for us. To introduce new talent. Motown, a label that believes
in breaking black artists and connecting people around the world. It’s a pop label, we connected people. It happened 60 years ago as we celebrate our 60th anniversary for Motown this year. And there have been so many
other black entrepreneurs that have operated in the same spirit of what Mr Gordy created then. So I wanna thank my brothers who have supported us
through this process. Coach K, I Know you bought
out several theaters as we supported this
film and this soundtrack. QC Roc Nation, led by a dope-ass woman, congratulations Desire. I wanna thank all the women
that have supported us and leaned into what this was. There was a bigger purpose
and intention behind it. We’ve been breaking new talent, we’ve been supporting other entrepreneurs over this five year tenure for me. I have the pleasure of
introducing one of them.